- minucius felix, marcus,
- minuit, peter,
- minus cyclophoria,
- minus sight,
- minus sign,
- minus tick,
Origin of minus
Examples from the Web for minus
Normally, 434 members (minus Michael Grimm who resigned) would vote for Speaker.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup|Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
After all, 2009 was miserable: minus 798,000, minus 701,000, minus 826,000, and so on.Why You Don’t Know Obama Has Created 4.5 Million Jobs|Michael Tomasky|July 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In person, Messina is a bit like Danny, minus the curmudgeon qualities.Chris Messina Isn’t Just Dr. Castellano on ‘The Mindy Project’|Melissa Leon|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She reads aloud: “You plus me (minus Julie) equals true love!”The Walking Dead’s Killer Diva Emily Kinney on Daryl and ‘Expired Love’|Melissa Leon|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Strategy decisions are made by the Skip but everyone weighs in, creating a kaffeeklatsch on the sheet (minus the coffee).
At zero minus sixteen hours Rick stood at the base of the huge rocket and looked up, studying every inch of it.The Scarlet Lake Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin
He looked the very impersonation of Father Christmas, minus the beard.Ande Trembath|Matthew Stanley Kemp
For weeks after that, though, I carried four hundred on the books with a minus sign in front.Shorty McCabe on the Job|Sewell Ford
Another Airacobra dived in and when it zoomed away, they were minus one wing tip and their port engine was stuttering.A Yankee Flier in Italy|Rutherford G. Montgomery
"You may keep the carrion," said the French general flippantly, as he handed the relic to the Grand Master, minus the ring.The Story of Malta|Maturin M. Ballou
- indicating or involving subtractiona minus sign
- Also: negativehaving a value or designating a quantity less than zeroa minus number
Word Origin for minus
late 15c., "with subtraction of," from Latin minus "less," neuter of minor "smaller," from PIE *mi-nu-, suffixed form of root *mei- "small" (cf. Latin minuere "to diminish, reduce, lessen," Greek meion "less, smaller," Old English minsian "to diminish," Sanskrit miyate "diminishes, declines," Russian men'she "less").
Mathematical use in expressions of calculation did not exist in the word in classical Latin and is probably from North Sea medieval commercial usage of Latin plus and minus to indicate surplus or deficiency of weight or measure. Origin of the "minus sign" is disputed.
1650s, from minus (prep.).