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minus

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preposition mi·nus \ˈmī-nəs\

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

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minus

noun mi·nus

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.

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First Known Use of minus

1708

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minus

adjective mi·nus

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 (such as a fungus)

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

Recent Examples of minus from the Web

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First Known Use of minus

1776

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MINUS Defined for English Language Learners

minus

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preposition

Definition of minus for English Language Learners

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

  • : not having (something)

minus

noun

Definition of minus for English Language Learners

  • : a problem or disadvantage

minus

adjective

Definition of minus for English Language Learners

  • : having a value that is below zero


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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