Meaning of minus

minus




Use the word minus to mean “less” or “with the subtraction of.” When it’s minus fifteen degrees outside, it’s fifteen below zero — or fifteen degrees less than zero.

Whenever you talk about negative numbers, whether they relate to temperature or your bank account, the adjective minus always applies. If you have minus fifty dollars in the bank, you’re below zero on the money scale. You can also use minus as noun, to mean “subtraction,” or a subtraction mark: “Put a minus in front of that three before you add the columns.” Minus means “less” in Latin, and it’s closely related to minor, or “smaller.”

Definitions of minus
  1. adjective

    on the negative side or lower end of a scale

    minus 5 degrees”
    “a grade of B
    minus
    Synonyms:

    negative

    less than zero
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    Antonyms:

    plus

    on the positive side or higher end of a scale
    nonnegative

    either positive or zero
    positive

    greater than zero
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  2. adjective

    involving disadvantage or harm

    minus (or negative) factors”
    synonyms:

    negative

    disadvantageous

    constituting a disadvantage
  3. noun

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

    “four
    minus three equals one”
    synonyms:

    subtraction

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    type of:

    arithmetic operation

    a mathematical operation involving numbers

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