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 ().

  2. minusnoun

    A negative quantity.

  3. minusnoun

    A defect or deficiency.

  4. minusadjective


    a minus number

  5. minusadjective

    On the negative part of a scale.

    minus seven degrees

  6. minusadjective

    Ranking just below a designated rating.

    He got a grade of B minus for his essay.

  7. minusconjunction

    Difference of the previous number from the following number.

    seven minus two is five

  8. minuspreposition


    I walked out minus my coat.

  9. Etymology: From the neuter form of.


  1. minus

    The plus and minus signs, + and −, are mathematical symbols used to represent the notions of positive and negative, respectively. In addition, + represents the operation of addition, which results in a sum, while − represents subtraction, resulting in a difference. Their use has been extended to many other meanings, more or less analogous. Plus and minus are Latin terms meaning "more" and "less", respectively.


  1. minus

    Minus is a mathematical function typically represented by the symbol (-). It is primarily used in mathematics and related fields to indicate subtraction or a negative quantity. It specifies the operation where a certain quantity is taken away from another or the difference between two quantities. In terms of negative numbers, minus is used to represent a value below zero.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Minusadjective

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

  2. 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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MINUS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minus is ranked #34758 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Minus surname appeared 650 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Minus.

    66.4% or 432 total occurrences were Black.
    26.6% or 173 total occurrences were White.
    3.8% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

Anagrams for minus »

  1. in sum

  2. munis

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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. Winnie the Pooh:

    If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.

  2. Jim Hayes:

    The worst is in Big Black River, Maine, it hit minus 20 (minus 29 Celsius) overnight.

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

    With me: one minus one = one; with you: it’s zero. Here lies the only difference.

  4. Mike Tipton:

    We know if you step outside on a cloudy day where the dry-bulb temperature is minus 10, it feels very different than on a sunny day where it's minus 10 but you have the solar load.

  5. Kazimierz Albin:

    It was a starry night, around minus 8 or minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 or 17 Fahrenheit) outside, we took our clothes off and were halfway across the Sola River when I heard the siren... Ice floes surrounded us.

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