minus sign


Definition of minus sign

: a sign − used in mathematics to indicate subtraction (as in 8−6=2) or a negative quantity (as in −10°)

called also negative sign

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There is a deeper mathematical reason why the minus sign is appropriate, as Tom Nichols and Kyle Sinclair pointed out. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Creating Art With Mathematics’," 30 Oct. 2015 But when near field light hits a negatively refracting medium, the minus sign transforms its decay into growth, amplifying the signal. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Close In on ‘Perfect’ Optical Lens," 8 Aug. 2013 And two other liquidity metrics — cash from operations vs. total liabilities and cash from operations vs. average current liabilities — have unwelcome minus signs in front of them, reflecting actual and expected negative cash from operations. Liam Denning, latimes.com, "Tesla needs $3 billion, one analyst says. But what good would it really do?," 16 May 2018 To force quit any apps that appear, press and hold down on them until that familiar red circle with a minus sign appears and give it a tap. Tarik Fayad, GQ, "iPhone X: How to Use It Now That the Home Button Is Gone," 4 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of minus sign

1851, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of minus sign

mathematics : the symbol − used to show that a number is being subtracted from another number or that a quantity is less than zero

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Kids Definition of minus sign

: a sign − used especially in mathematics to indicate subtraction (as in 8−6=2) or a quantity less than zero (as in −15°)

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