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1minus

preposition mi·nus \ˈmī-nəs\

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

: not having (something)

Full Definition of MINUS

1
:  diminished by :  less <seven minus four is three>
2
:  deprived of :  without <minus his hat>

Examples of MINUS

  1. He left the restaurant minus his hat.
  2. a fruit that looks like a peach, minus the fuzz

Origin of MINUS

Middle English, from Latin minus, adverb, less, from neuter of minor smaller — more at minor
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to MINUS

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

2minus

noun

: a problem or disadvantage

Full Definition of MINUS

1
:  a negative quantity
2
:  a negative quality; especially :  drawback

Examples of MINUS

  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.

First Known Use of MINUS

1708

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

3minus

adjective

: having a value that is below zero

Full Definition of MINUS

1
:  algebraically negative <a minus quantity> <minus ten degrees>
2
:  having a negative quality
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
:  falling low in a specified range <B minus>

First Known Use of MINUS

1776

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb
MINUS Defined for Kids

1minus

preposition mi·nus \ˈmī-nəs\

Definition of MINUS for Kids

1
:  with the subtraction of :  less <7 minus 4 is 3.>
2
:  1without 2 <I went outside minus my hat.>

2minus

adjective

Definition of MINUS for Kids

1
:  having a value that is below zero <The temperature was minus 15.>
2
:  located in the lower part of a range <a grade of C minus>
Medical Dictionary

minus

adjective mi·nus \ˈmī-nəs\

Medical Definition of MINUS

:  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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