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minus

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preposition mi·nus \ˈmī-nəs\

Simple Definition of minus

  • —used to indicate that one number or amount is being subtracted from another

  • : not having (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of minus

  1. 1 :  diminished by :  less <seven minus four is three>

  2. 2 :  deprived of :  without <minus his hat>

Examples of minus in a sentence

  1. He left the restaurant minus his hat.

  2. a fruit that looks like a peach, minus the fuzz



Origin and Etymology of minus

Middle English, from Latin minus, adverb, less, from neuter of minor smaller — more at minor


First Known Use: 15th century

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minus

noun mi·nus

Simple Definition of minus

  • : a problem or disadvantage

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of minus

  1. 1 :  a negative quantity

  2. 2 :  a negative quality; especially :  drawback

Examples of minus in a sentence

  1. She decided that the pluses of owning a home outweighed the minuses.

  2. Some employers see a lack of experience as a real minus.

  3. Put the minus to the left of the number.



1708

First Known Use of minus

1708

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minus

adjective mi·nus

Simple Definition of minus

  • : having a value that is below zero

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of minus

  1. 1 :  algebraically negative <a minus quantity> <minus ten degrees>

  2. 2 :  having a negative quality

  3. 3 :  relating to or being a particular one of the two mating types that are required for successful fertilization in sexual reproduction in some lower plants (as a fungus)

  4. 4 :  falling low in a specified range <B minus>

1776

First Known Use of minus

1776

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MINUS Defined for Kids

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minus

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preposition mi·nus \ˈmī-nəs\

Definition of minus for Students

  1. 1 :  with the subtraction of :  less <7 minus 4 is 3.>

  2. 2 :  1without 2 <I went outside minus my hat.>




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minus

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adjective mi·nus

Definition of minus for Students

  1. 1 :  having a value that is below zero <The temperature was minus 15.>

  2. 2 :  located in the lower part of a range <a grade of C minus>




Medical Dictionary

minus

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adjective mi·nus \ˈmī-nəs\

Medical Definition of minus

  1. :  relating to or being one of the two mating types required for successful fertilization in sexual reproduction in some lower plants (as a fungus)—compare plus





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