minus

[mahy-nuh s]

preposition

less by the subtraction of; decreased by: Ten minus six is four.
lacking or without: a book minus its title page.

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. minucius felix, marcus,
  2. minuend,
  3. minuet,
  4. minuit,
  5. minuit, peter,
  6. minus cyclophoria,
  7. minus sight,
  8. minus sign,
  9. minus tick,
  10. minuscule

Origin of minus

1300–50; Middle English < Latin, neuter of minor less; see minor

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British Dictionary definitions for minus

minus

preposition

reduced by the subtraction offour minus two (written 4 – 2)
informal deprived of; lackingminus the trimmings, that hat would be ordinary

adjective

  1. indicating or involving subtractiona minus sign
  2. Also: negativehaving a value or designating a quantity less than zeroa minus number
on the negative part of a scale or coordinate axisa value of minus 40°C
involving a disadvantage, harm, etca minus factor
(postpositive) education slightly below the standard of a particular gradehe received a B minus for his essay
botany designating the strain of a fungus that can only undergo sexual reproduction with a plus strain
denoting a negative electric charge

noun

short for minus sign
a negative quantity
a disadvantage, loss, or deficit
informal something detrimental or negative
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Word Origin for minus

C15: from Latin, neuter of minor

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