- 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
Related Wordspositive, surplus, oversupply, advantage, extra, bonus, overage, perk, benefit, gain, additional, increased, supplementary, augmented, expanded, overstock
- 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).