plus sign


: a sign + denoting addition or a positive quantity

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The hyphen is gone, replaced by a plus sign. Navneet Alang, Bon Appétit, 6 Mar. 2023 Each pair of digits can be connected by either nothing, a plus sign, or a minus sign. Laura Feiveson, Popular Mechanics, 23 Sep. 2021 When in doubt, just add a plus sign. Adam Epstein, Quartz, 16 Sep. 2020 First, the consumer clicks or scans the plus sign, on the product, its packaging, hang tags, or website. Simon Mainwaring, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2023 That’s right, the plus sign got McNaughton too. Maggie Hennessy, Bon Appétit, 7 Apr. 2022 In the Rangers’ case, as underdogs, the number associated with the plus sign indicates how much a bettor would win by betting $100. Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2022 There was no stopping Paramount from simply tugging on nostalgia strings by repackaging its old TV and movies as new content to stream in one place, slapping a plus sign at the end of its company's name, and ignoring it forever. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 31 Jan. 2023 Fuelperks!, with an exclamation point instead of a plus sign, started in 2004 and focused solely on gasoline. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plus sign was in 1820

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Cite this Entry

“Plus sign.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

plus sign

: a sign + used especially in mathematics to indicate addition (as in 8 + 6 = 14) or a positive quantity (as in +10°)

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