minus

preposition
mi·​nus | \ ˈmī-nəs How to pronounce minus (audio) \

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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 The Cubs will be minus manager David Ross for the series opener against Atlanta at Wrigley Field. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Dodgers-Padres MLB 2021 live stream (4/16): How to watch online, TV info, time," 17 Apr. 2021 Airbus saw 28 orders, taking the net total this year to minus 61 after Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA canceled a slew of jets in February. Charlotte Ryan, Fortune, "In a sign of a wider recovery, Airbus deliveries take off," 9 Apr. 2021 As measurements were received, the rover's team determined that the surface temperature on the red planet was just below minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit when MEDA's system began recording on Feb. 19, a day after landing. Julia Musto, Fox News, "NASA gets first weather report from Mars rover landing site," 8 Apr. 2021 Rolling out the vaccine come with logistical complications connected to the way the vaccine needs to be stored: ultra-cold, at minus 70 Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit). Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "'V-Day': A year after COVID-19 pandemic began in China, U.K. first to start Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations," 8 Dec. 2020 Except for the snow, and temperatures that dipped this month to minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit. New York Times, "Canadian Snowbirds Find Refuge in Their Mythical Miami," 20 Mar. 2021 Specialized freezers that can store the Pfizer vaccine at minus 70 Celsius (-94 Fahrenheit): 30%. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, "New Zealand pushes to end global tariffs on virus supplies," 10 Mar. 2021 These were situations where a company could be purchased at prices meaningfully below a conservative estimate of liquidation value (Ben Graham defined this value as current assets minus all liabilities). Jeff Henriksen, Forbes, "The Great Value Rotation: A Revival In The Performance Of Value Stocks Masks An Evolution In The Storied Investment Strategy," 4 Mar. 2021 No better than watching an episode of The Great British Baking Show (and minus Noel’s outfits). Janet Siroto, Good Housekeeping, "Can Replika Really Help Ease Anxiety? I Tried the Chatbot App to Find Out," 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Basketball Reference rates him first in several of its catchall stats, including offensive win shares, box plus/minus and value over replacement player. New York Times, "How Nikola Jokic Became the Favorite for the N.B.A. M.V.P. Award," 3 May 2021 Bickerstaff and others praised Okoro, who was the only Cavalier on the positive side of plus-minus outside of garbage time. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Isaac Okoro undaunted after defending gauntlet of NBA stars, including Stephen Curry," 16 Apr. 2021 Jokic is also 10th all-time in single-season win shares per 48 minutes and ninth in box plus/minus. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, "Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic Are Set To Wage An MVP Battle For The Ages," 9 Mar. 2021 Andy’s written some silly article on bloody plus/minus or something. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Weekly Run newsletter: Utah Jazz’s Derrick Favors opens up about how he’s doing physically," 23 Apr. 2021 His defensive real plus-minus — a stat measuring a player’s average impact on his team’s defense by points allowed per 100 offensive possessions — leads all Warriors players. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why Kevon Looney's 31-minute night was an important breakthrough for Warriors," 14 Apr. 2021 That’s the best plus-minus by a Dallas player this season. Dallas News, "Guided by acting head coach Jamahl Mosley, Mavs dominate Knicks in 4th quarter for third straight win," 2 Apr. 2021 Gross margin, or gross profit, for this purpose is calculated as ((retail price minus cost)/retail price). Errol Schweizer, Forbes, "Why Kroger's Store Closures And Hazard Pay Reaction Are So Unsettling," 18 Mar. 2021 Telegram, which has seen a surge of new users who were kicked off Facebook and Twitter, got a D-minus grade. Will Carless, USA TODAY, "White supremacist propaganda hit an all-time high in 2020: Report," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some new systems can run down to minus 30F, said Schoenbauer, but performance is reduced at lower temperatures. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "In Minnesota, fighting climate change means changing how to heat buildings," 1 May 2021 The Suns were minus Jae Crowder (ankle) and Dario Saric (ankle),but got 15 points off the bench from Paul's backup, Cameron Payne. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Chris Paul leads Suns to pivotal win over Clippers to clinch playoff berth," 29 Apr. 2021 So much about the Masters will be so different, minus expectations of the usual suspects — a little more noise from at least some spectators. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Masters FREE live streams (4/8/21): How to watch first round, TV options, golf tee times," 8 Apr. 2021 The winner will have the option of taking a $22,500 cash payout, minus taxes. al, "Shrimp Basket offering new car as hiring incentive," 20 Apr. 2021 At the start of 2020, the S&P earnings yield beat the minus number on Treasuries by a big 4.77%. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "3 ways you’ll feel the pain of the shocking rise in interest rates," 20 Mar. 2021 Fortunately, the lunar lava tubes already hover at a chilly minus 15 degrees. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Sending DNA from Earth’s 6.7 Million Species to the Moon to Safeguard Life," 17 Mar. 2021 Dallas went from a low of minus 2 on the morning of February 16 to a forecast high of 75 on Tuesday afternoon. Jennifer Gray, CNN, "It's going to be nearly 80 degrees warmer in Texas than this time last week," 22 Feb. 2021 Xcel Energy, of the region’s largest wind energy producers, said some of its turbines did hit the minus 22 cutoff threshold this week while others were idle because there wasn’t enough wind. Chris Hubbuch Of The Wisconsin State Journal, chicagotribune.com, "Built for cold, Wisconsin’s power grid hums along in temperatures that crippled Texas," 19 Feb. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for minus

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

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27 Apr 2021

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“Minus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minus. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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
informal : not having (something)

minus

noun

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

informal : 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 How to pronounce minus (audio) \

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 How to pronounce minus (audio) \

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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