What does minus mean?

Definitions for minus
ˈmaɪ nəsmi·nus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subtraction, minusadjective

    an arithmetic operation in which the difference between two numbers is calculated

    "the subtraction of three from four leaves one"; "four minus three equals one"

  2. minusadjective

    on the negative side or lower end of a scale

    "minus 5 degrees"; "a grade of B minus"

  3. minus, negativeadjective

    involving disadvantage or harm

    "minus (or negative) factors"


  1. minusnoun

    A factor counted as a disadvantage; a loss or potential loss in a situation or plan; as, he added up all the pluses and minuses and decided not to do it; as, the lack of money is a big minus in an election campaign.


  1. minusnoun

    A minus sign (u2212).

    Etymology: From the neuter form of .

  2. minusnoun

    A negative quantity.

    Etymology: From the neuter form of .

  3. minusnoun

    A defect or deficiency.

    Etymology: From the neuter form of .

  4. minusadjective


    a minus number

    Etymology: From the neuter form of .

  5. minusadjective

    On the negative part of a scale.

    minus seven degrees

    Etymology: From the neuter form of .

  6. minusadjective

    Ranking just below a designated rating.

    He got a grade of B minus for his essay.

    Etymology: From the neuter form of .

  7. minusconjunction

    Difference of the previous number from the following number.

    seven minus two is five

    Etymology: From the neuter form of .

  8. minuspreposition


    I walked out minus my coat.

    Etymology: From the neuter form of .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Minusadjective

    less; requiring to be subtracted; negative; as, a minus quantity

    Etymology: [L. See Minor, and cf. Mis- pref. from the French.]


  1. Minus

    Minus or M-nus is a recording label based in Berlin, Germany and Windsor, Canada. It was created in 1998 by Richie Hawtin when Plus 8, a label previously created by Hawtin, was put on hold. By 2005, M-nus was releasing 2 to 3 CDs and 12 to 14 records per year. As Hawtin said of the scaling down to a smaller label, "You learn better who you are, what you are, and how to better present that and present it creatively. With Minus, we wanted to slow it down and try new things…" In 2011 Hawtin's music technology company Liine released Remiix Minus, a remix-app for iOS which enables fans to recombine loops and samples from Minus artists.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Minus

    mī′nus, adj. less: less than nothing or less than zero: deficient in respect of, deprived of, without.—n. an amount less than nothing: the sign (-) before quantities requiring to be subtracted.—n. Minus′cūle, a semi-uncial cursive script, originated by the monks in the 7th-9th centuries: any small or lower-case letter as distinguished from a capital or Majuscule.—adj. small, of a letter: written in minuscule. [L., neuter of minor, less.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'minus' in Written Corpus Frequency: #901

Anagrams for minus »

  1. in sum, munis

  2. In sum

  3. Munis

How to pronounce minus?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of minus in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of minus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of minus in a Sentence

  1. Eric Larsen:

    Worst-case scenario, the ambient temperature is minus 50 and you're dealing with wind chills that are even colder than that, it can be a complete whiteout, like being on the inside of a ping-pong ball.

  2. David Yepsen:

    The political calculation has to be that this is more of a plus for a candidate for president than a minus.

  3. Adam McLaughlin:

    It's about minus 20 degrees today and not much breeze, so we thought the igloo would be a good place to do it.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    I have a D-minus voting record from the NRA, i support what President Obama is doing in terms of trying to close the gun show loopholes.

  5. Ryan Pack:

    Malice minus justice equals injustice.

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