minus

1 of 3

preposition

mi·​nus ˈmī-nəs How to pronounce minus (audio)
1
: diminished by : less
seven minus four is three
2
: deprived of : without
minus his hat

minus

2 of 3

noun

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

minus

3 of 3

adjective

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Preposition
Trump’s rating has dropped from minus 11 to minus 18 over the same period. Craig Gilbert, Journal Sentinel, 21 May 2024 Show me the stats minus the Kia thefts that have happened everywhere. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 30 Apr. 2024
Noun
Discrete plus and minus volume buttons are on either side. PCMAG, 30 May 2024 The Heat outscored the Bulls by 32 points in Herro’s 33 minutes; that was his best plus/minus of the season. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 20 Apr. 2024
Adjective
Combining the two polls Marquette has conducted in 2024, Biden has a minus 16 job rating (41% approve, 57% disapprove). Craig Gilbert, Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2024 Here’s a stat: At home this season against teams with sure-fire Hall of Famers, some of the elite scorers of our generation, the Heat entered 2-8 and a minus 94 entering tonight. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 11 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for minus 

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Word History

Etymology

Preposition

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of minus was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Minus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minus. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

minus

1 of 3 preposition
mi·​nus ˈmī-nəs How to pronounce minus (audio)
1
: with the subtraction of : less
7 minus 4 is 3
2
: without entry 1 sense 3a
minus his hat

minus

2 of 3 noun
1
: a negative quantity
2
: a negative quality

minus

3 of 3 adjective
1
: mathematically negative
4 plus minus 3
2
: falling low in a specified range
a grade of C minus

Medical Definition

minus

adjective
mi·​nus ˈmī-nəs How to pronounce minus (audio)
: 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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