Definition of minus in English:

minus

Syllabification: mi·nus
Pronunciation: /ˈmīnəs
 
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preposition

  • 1With the subtraction of: what’s ninety-three minus seven?
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    • One profit measure was net farm income from operations, calculated as total revenues minus total costs.
    • However, its gross profit margins - revenues minus the cost of manufacturing goods - were lower than expected.
    • The credit is equal to the lesser of 7.5 percent of the cost minus any government financial incentives or $4.50 per rated watt of the system.
  • 1.1 informal Lacking; deprived of: he was minus a finger on each hand
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    • In the spring, Blackburn returned to an astonished Gloucester, minus his fingers, half of each thumb, and most of his toes.
    • It's as though he's desperate to fool us into thinking we're watching a Hollywood action flick minus machine gun fire, explosions, and fast cars.
    • Lots of pink neon and bluish glass brick, it had the feel of a fancy health spa minus the weight machines or half the lightbulbs.
  • 2(Of temperature) below zero: minus 10° Fahrenheit
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    • Bills for winter heating came to 200 for gas during a particularly cold month last year when temperatures dropped below minus 20 degrees.
    • At temperatures below minus 5 degrees Celsius in heavy snow, small debris and snow can pack around the warm saw motor and form a solid ice pack.
    • This is a major problem as the winter temperature drops below minus 10 degrees at night.

adjective

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  • 1(Before a number) below zero; negative: minus five
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    • This brings Limerick West fractionally above the minus five per cent limit.
    • Zero and minus one John Dillon Street, are the unusual addresses for the pair of semi-detached town houses, both a modest 1,200 sq ft.
    • So why can't we devise a mathematical system that allows two plus two to equal seventeen, ten to equal zero and the square root of two to equal minus three?
  • 2(After a grade) slightly worse than: my lowest grade was a B minus
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    • In fact, all the minus grades (A-, B-, C-) had relatively low graduation rates.
    • Emergency medical care in the USA rates a C-minus, with hospitals increasingly facing overcrowding, a lack of financial support and a growing number of uninsured patients.
  • 3Having a negative electric charge.
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    • What texts don't usually tell you is that charges both plus and minus attract uncharged things.
    • A quark has an electric charge of plus or minus one-third or plus or minus two-thirds; so when two are combined they add up to plus one, minus one, or zero.

noun

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  • 1 short for minus sign.
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    • Specifying a plus or minus before a number allows relative positioning.
    • A minus in front of a number indicates an outflow of funds.
  • 1.1A mathematical operation of subtraction.
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    • "Minus" is a binary operation (performed on two numbers).
    • Minus, on the other hand, is the subtraction operation.
  • 2A disadvantage: for every plus with this equipment there can be a minus
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    • The two surveys have different pluses and minuses and, in my analysis of the labor market, I give weight to both.
    • As Els has pointed out, doing what he is currently doing has no minuses and many positives for all concerned.
    • The discrepancy stems, in part, from the different methodologies - both of which have their pluses and minuses, researchers say.

Origin

late 15th century: from Latin, neuter of minor 'less'.

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