minus

preposition
mi·nus | \ˈmī-nəs \

Definition of minus 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : diminished by : less seven minus four is three

2 : deprived of : without minus his hat

minus

noun

Definition of minus (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a negative quantity

2 : a negative quality especially : drawback

minus

adjective

Definition of minus (Entry 3 of 3)

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 (such as a fungus)

4 : falling low in a specified range B minus

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Synonyms & Antonyms for minus

Synonyms: Preposition

absent, sans, wanting, without

Synonyms: Noun

debit, disadvantage, downside, drawback, handicap, incommodity, liability, negative, strike

Antonyms: Noun

advantage, asset, edge, plus

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Examples of minus in a Sentence

Preposition

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

Noun

She decided that the pluses of owning a home outweighed the minuses. Some employers see a lack of experience as a real minus. Put the minus to the left of the number.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Here’s some other takeaways from Berkshire’s earnings release: Book value, a measure of assets minus liabilities, declined to $211,184 a share from $211,750 per Class A share at the end of 2017. Fortune, "Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Just Posted Its First Loss in 9 Years. Here's Why," 5 May 2018 Meanwhile, the tax gap — the annual amount owed minus the amount collected — runs about $450 billion a year. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "IRS, punished under Obama by GOP, still feels the sting," 26 Mar. 2018 His net approval rating — those who approve minus those who don’t — has risen from minus-21 to minus-13. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "That upcoming Democratic rout? Suddenly, it's looking far less certain.," 1 Feb. 2018 The Rangers are on the hook for all of Jackson's contract, minus the prorated league minimum that a team that claims him would have to pay this season. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Unable to find trade, Rangers part ways with Denton native Jackson," 11 July 2018 Shutterstock Today, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are celebrating their nephew Prince Louis' christening with the immediate royals (minus the Queen and Prince Philip). Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "See Photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 City Manager Vicky Rudy led the meeting Wednesday, June 27 at City Hall and told the mayor and city council members, minus Frances Planchard, that city’s capital improvement finances could eventually stagnate by 2020. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Coffer running dry in Oak Ridge North; city looks toward future," 30 June 2018 Across Georgia in 2017, net migration accounted for a larger share — 58 percent — of the population growth than did natural increase (the total number of births minus deaths statewide). Jill Vejnoska, ajc, "Why Georgia keeps growing, despite decline in births," 8 June 2018 This loop hike is the most popular trail in the park, so doing it at night is the way to see it minus the crowds — and perhaps with views of moose. BostonGlobe.com, "Four reasons to relocate to Cape Breton — if only for a few days (five, if you play golf)," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Russo only played 19 games with the Red Wings – all during the 2016-17 season – and had a plus-minus rating of plus-2. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings trade Robbie Russo to Arizona for 2019 draft pick," 25 June 2018 By the end of the summer, weights will also be available online and in racing programs with a plus-minus from the previous start, according to The Jockey Club. baltimoresun.com, "Digest (July 5): Stronach Group plans to display weights of horses for handicapping," 5 July 2018 As an example, ESPN's annual NFL offseason grades, out this week, gave Miami a C-minus, ranking 30th of 32 teams. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "On a philosophical search to find the Miami Dolphins' grand plan, or see if there is one," 7 June 2018 McConnell, who started Game 5, too, also had the best plus/minus of any player in that series at plus-41, slightly ahead of Boston’s Al Horford (plus-40). Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers pick up options for T.J. McConnell, Richaun Holmes," 13 June 2018 Then, the high December temperature was 65 degrees; the low minus 5. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "From short sleeves to deep freeze and back: Temperature swings most volatile in 42 years," 7 Feb. 2018 The Bank of Japan, meanwhile, maintained its ultra-easy policies including a minus 0.1% deposit rate and government bond buying. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Central Banks Go Their Separate Ways," 21 June 2018 Sunday - Mocrocks, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; 12:38 p.m., minus. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "Washington opens last razor dig of the spring season," 16 Apr. 2018 Like a lot of voters in this state, Al Habeck sees both pluses and minuses to Foxconn, the massive factory project 140 miles south of his Fox Valley home. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn looms as election wild card in Wisconsin for Scott Walker," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But in Europe, the opposite has happened: The total return on the Euro Stoxx is minus 1.2%, while German bunds have returned 1.5%. Richard Barley, WSJ, "The Trans-Atlantic Catch-Up Trade Has Gone Awry," 29 June 2018 Moscow, the nation’s biggest gas consumer, faced its coldest night this winter on Tuesday with the mercury dropping to almost minus 22 degrees in the center and to minus 30 in the suburbs. Anna Shiryaevskaya, Bloomberg.com, "London Covered in Snow as Cold Snap Makes Energy Markets Shiver," 28 Feb. 2018 On April 29th the Treasury in Rome managed to place 5.5bn of six-month bills, but at a rate of 1.213%—up from minus 0.421% at the last comparable auction on May 26th. The Economist, "Italy’s bond yields rise as it heads for another election," 29 May 2018 Getting frostbite in temperatures of minus 30 degrees celsius, Elham says mental resilience is what nudged her through. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Throwing your skin into the wind: Houston tattoo shop plays with fate and a tattoo dartboard," 3 July 2018 In the eurozone, rates have stayed pegged at negative levels—now at minus 0.4%—since 2014. Josh Mitchell, WSJ, "Economic Growth in U.S. Leaves World Behind," 14 June 2018 The winter of 1876 was severe, with fierce wind and temperatures dipping to minus 30. Porter Fox, Outside Online, "Exploring America's Forgotten Border," 1 June 2018 Sometimes those individual plus/minus numbers can deceive. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Jose Calderon Effect: How the veteran is bringing out the best in Kevin Love, LeBron James and Cavaliers' offense," 4 Apr. 2018 Phil Mickelson won the Buick Invitational that year with a minus 55. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Golf wins with a disaster U.S. Open," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of minus

Preposition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for minus

Preposition

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

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Dictionary Entries near minus

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minuet

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minuscular

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Phrases Related to minus

on the minus side

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More Definitions for minus

minus

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of minus

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

: not having (something)

minus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of minus (Entry 2 of 3)

: a problem or disadvantage

minus

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of minus (Entry 3 of 3)

: having a value that is below zero

minus

preposition
mi·nus | \ˈmī-nəs \

Kids Definition of minus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : without entry 1 sense 2 I went outside minus my hat.

minus

adjective

Kids Definition of minus (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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