- more by the addition of; increased by: ten plus two is twelve.
- with the addition of; with: He had wealth plus fame.
- involving or noting addition.
- positive: a plus quantity.
- more (by a certain amount).
- Electricity. pertaining to or characterized by positive electricity: the plus terminal.
- Mycology. (in heterothallic fungi) designating, in the absence of morphological differentiation, one of the two strains of mycelia that unite in the sexual process.
- having a certain quality to an unusual degree: He has personality plus.
- a plus quantity.
- Arithmetic. plus sign.
- something additional.
- a surplus or gain.
- Informal. also; and; furthermore: A bicycle is cheaper than a car, plus it doesn't pollute the air.
- in addition; besides.
- pluses and minuses, the good and bad points of something; the advantages and disadvantages; the pros and cons: She spent hours listing the pluses and minuses of each of the apartments she had looked at, trying to narrow down her choices.
Origin of plus
- increased by the addition offour plus two (written 4 + 2)
- with or with the addition ofa good job, plus a new car
- Also: positive (prenominal) indicating or involving additiona plus sign
- another word for positive (def. 8), positive (def. 9)
- on the positive part of a scale or coordinate axisa value of +x
- indicating the positive side of an electrical circuit
- involving positive advantage or gooda plus factor
- (postpositive) informal having a value above that which is stated or expectedshe had charm plus
- (postpositive) slightly above a specified standard on a particular grade or percentagehe received a B+ rating on his essay
- botany designating the strain of fungus that can only undergo sexual reproduction with a minus strain
- short for plus sign
- a positive quantity
- informal something positive or to the good
- a gain, surplus, or advantage
Word Origin and History for plusses
1570s, the oral rendering of the arithmetical sign +, from Latin plus "more, in greater number, more often" (comparative of multus "much"), altered (by influence of minus) from *pleos, from PIE *pele- (1) "to fill" (see poly-).
As a preposition, between two numbers to indicate addition, from 1660s. [Barnhart writes that this sense "did not exist in Latin and probably originated in commercial language of the Middle Ages."] Placed after a whole number to indicate "and a little more," it is attested from 1902. As a conjunction, "and," it is American English colloquial, attested from 1968. As a noun meaning "an advantage" from 1791. Plus fours (1921) were four inches longer in the leg than standard knickerbockers, to produce an overhang, originally a style associated with golfers. The plus sign itself has been well-known since at least late 15c. and is perhaps an abbreviation of Latin et (see et cetera).