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mi·nus

 (mī′nəs)
prep.
1. Mathematics Reduced by the subtraction of; less: Ten minus four is six.
2. Informal Without: I went to work minus my ID.
adj.
1. Mathematics Negative or on the negative part of a scale: a minus value; minus five degrees.
2. Ranking on the lower end of a designated scale: a grade of A minus.
n.
1. Mathematics
a. The minus sign (-).
b. A negative quantity.
2. A deficiency or defect.

[Middle English, from Latin minus, neuter of minor, less; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

minus

(ˈmaɪnəs)
prep
1. (Mathematics) reduced by the subtraction of: four minus two (written 4 – 2).
2. informal deprived of; lacking: minus the trimmings, that hat would be ordinary.
adj
3. (Mathematics)
a. indicating or involving subtraction: a minus sign.
b. Also: negative having a value or designating a quantity less than zero: a minus number.
4. (Mathematics) on the negative part of a scale or coordinate axis: a value of minus 40°C.
5. involving a disadvantage, harm, etc: a minus factor.
6. (Education) (postpositive) education slightly below the standard of a particular grade: he received a B minus for his essay.
7. (Botany) botany designating the strain of a fungus that can only undergo sexual reproduction with a plus strain
8. (Electronics) denoting a negative electric charge
n
9. (Mathematics) short for minus sign
10. (Mathematics) a negative quantity
11. a disadvantage, loss, or deficit
12. informal something detrimental or negative
Mathematical symbol:
[C15: from Latin, neuter of minor]

mi•nus

(ˈmaɪ nəs)

prep.
1. less by the subtraction of: Ten minus six is four.
2. lacking or without: a book minus a page.
adj.
3. involving or noting subtraction.
4. algebraically negative: a minus quantity.
5. just below: to get a C minus on a test.
n.
7. a minus quantity.
8. a deficiency or loss.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin, neuter of minor less]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.minus - an arithmetic operation in which the difference between two numbers is calculatedminus - 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"
arithmetic operation - a mathematical operation involving numbers
Adj.1.minus - on the negative side or lower end of a scaleminus - on the negative side or lower end of a scale; "minus 5 degrees"; "a grade of B minus"
plus - on the positive side or higher end of a scale; "a plus value"; "temperature of plus 5 degrees"; "a grade of C plus"
2.minus - involving disadvantage or harm; "minus (or negative) factors"
disadvantageous - constituting a disadvantage

minus

preposition without, lacking, deprived of, bereft of, destitute of He was left jobless, and minus his life savings.

minus

noun
An unfavorable condition, circumstance, or characteristic:
Translations
إشارة ناقِص -نَاقِصٌناقِصناقِص صِفْر
mínuszápornýbezméněminus
minusminus-minustegn
miinusnegatiivinen
manje
mínuszjel
mínusneikvæî talafrádráttarmerki, mínustákn
・・・を引いた
...을 뺀
minusasneigiamas
mīnusmīnuss, mīnusa zīmenegatīvs, ar mīnusa zīmi
minus
minusnegativbrist
ลบ
eksieksi işareti
trừ

minus

[ˈmaɪnəs]
A. PREP
1.menos
nine minus sixnueve menos seis
2. (= without, deprived of) → sin
he appeared minus his trousersapareció sin pantalón
B. ADJ [number] → negativo
it's minus 20 outsidefuera hace una temperatura de 20 bajo cero
I got a B minus for my Frenchme pusieron un notable bajo en francés
C. N (= sign) → signo m menos; (= amount) → cantidad f negativa
D. CPD minus sign Nsigno m menos

minus

[ˈmaɪnəs]
n
(also minus sign) → moins m
If you put a minus in front of the amount, then it becomes negative → Si tu mets un moins devant la quantité, elle devient négative.
(= disadvantage) → inconvénient m
The minuses far outweigh the possible gain → Les inconvénients dépassent de loin le gain possible.
prep
(followed by number)moins
16 minus 3 is 13 → Seize moins trois égale treize.
minus 24 → moins 24
It's minus two degrees outside → Il fait moins deux dehors.
plus or minus five per cent → plus ou moins cinq pour cent
(= without) → sans
He arrived minus his luggage → Il est arrivé sans ses bagages.
(= no longer containing) → moins
He found his bumbag, minus his money → Il a retrouvé sa banane, moins son argent.

minus

prep
minus, weniger; £100 minus taxes£ 100 abzüglich (der) Steuern
(= without, deprived of)ohne; he returned from the war minus an armer kam mit einem Arm weniger aus dem Krieg zurück
adjMinus-; quantity, valuenegativ; minus pointMinuspunkt m; minus temperaturesMinustemperaturen pl, → Temperaturen plunter null; minus three degrees centigradedrei Grad minus; an A minus (in grading) → eine Eins minus
n
(= sign)Minus(zeichen) nt; two minuses make a plusminus mal minus gibt plus; if the result is a minuswenn das Ergebnis negativ ist or eine negative Größe ist …
(= disadvantage)Minus nt

minus

[ˈmaɪnəs]
1. prep (Math) → meno (fam) (without) → senza
2. adj minus quantity (Math) → quantità f inv negativa
minus sign → (segno) meno inv
3. n(segno) meno inv

minus

(ˈmainəs) preposition
used to show subtraction. Ten minus two equals eight (10 – 2 = 8).
noun
(also minus sign) a sign (–) used to show subtraction or negative quality.
adjective
negative or less than zero. a minus number; Twelve from ten equals minus two (10 – 12 = –2).

minus

نَاقِصٌ mínus minus minus μείον menos miinus moins manje meno ・・・を引いた ...을 뺀 minus minus bez menos минус minus ลบ eksi trừ 没有
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He commenced dressing at top by donning his beaver hat, a very tall one, by the by, and then --still minus his trowsers -- he hunted up his boots.
The words of some people might generally be written with a minus sign after them, the minus meaning that the personality of the speaker subtracted from, rather than added to, their weight; but Rebecca's words might always have borne the plus sign.
They desire the existing state of society minus its revolutionary and disintegrating elements.
This I waded, and went up the opposite side of the valley, past a number of sleeping houses, and by a statue--a Faun, or some such figure, MINUS the head.
He had a good and mild countenance, without expression -- a mathematician minus the pride.
But Dona Rita couldn't understand how the poor thing ever found its way to Marseilles minus its turnip head.
It is much simpler, and far more likely, to believe that my death is needed--the death of an insignificant atom--in order to fulfil the general harmony of the universe--in order to make even some plus or minus in the sum of existence.
But in 200 years' time it is more than probable that that dog will be dug up from somewhere or other, minus its legs, and with its tail broken, and will be sold for old china, and put in a glass cabinet.
At the best, mossberries were composed practically of seeds and water, with a tough rind of skin about them; but the berries he found were of the preceding year, dry and shrivelled, and the nourishment they contained verged on the minus quality.
antique statues minus the nose, Spanish doubloons and ancestors.
The mantel-shelf was ornamented with a wooden inkstand, containing one stump of a pen and half a wafer; a road- book and directory; a county history minus the cover; and the mortal remains of a trout in a glass coffin.
As you headed east, the temperatures warmed slightly, minus 14 in Ashby, minus 11 in Fitchburg and Ayer, minus 13 in Westford, and minus 15 in Concord and Sterling.