# Definition of minus

### Definitions

1. conjunction

You use minus to show that one number or quantity is being subtracted from another.

⇒ One minus one is zero.

⇒ They've been promised their full July salary minus the hardship payment.

2. adjective

Minus before a number or quantity means that the number or quantity is less than zero.

⇒ The aircraft was subjected to temperatures of minus 65 degrees and plus 120 degrees.

3.

4. preposition

To be minus something means not to have that thing.

⇒ The film company collapsed, leaving Chris jobless and minus his life savings.

5. countable noun

A minus is a disadvantage. [informal]

⇒ The minuses far outweigh that possible gain.

⇒ The plusses and minuses were about equal.

⇒ None of these minus points will have been mentioned.

6.

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### Definitions

preposition

adjective

▷ Mathematical symbol: –3.

6. (postpositive) education slightly below the standard of a particular grade

⇒ he received a B minus for his essay

7. botany designating the strain of a fungus that can only undergo sexual reproduction with a plus strain

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### Word origin of 'minus'

C15: from Latin, neuter of minor### Definitions

preposition

1. reduced by the subtraction of; less

⇒ four minus two

2. Informal without; lacking

⇒ minus a toe

adjective

3. indicating or involving subtraction

⇒ a minus sign

4. negative

⇒ a minus quantity

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## Translations for 'minus'

British English: minus /ˈmaɪnəs/ PREPOSITION

You use

You use

*minus*when you take one number away from another number.Three minus two is one.- Arabic: نَاقِصٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: menos
- Chinese: 没有
- Croatian: manje
- Czech: mínus
- Danish: minus
- Dutch: minus
- European Spanish: menos
- Finnish: miinus
- French: moins
- German: minus
- Greek: μείον
- Italian: meno
- Japanese: ･･･を引いた
- Korean: ...을 뺀
- Norwegian: minus
- Polish: bez minus
- Portuguese: menos
- Romanian: minus
- Russian: минус
- Spanish: menos signo de sustracción
- Swedish: minus
- Thai: ลบ
- Turkish: eksi
- Ukrainian: мінус
- Vietnamese: trừ

British English: minus NOUN

A

A

*minus*is a disadvantage.The minuses far outweigh that possible gain.- Brazilian Portuguese: sinal de subtração
- Chinese: 不利因素
- European Spanish: desventaja
- French: inconvénient
- German: Nachteil
- Italian: svantaggio
- Japanese: 不利な点
- Korean: 불리한 점
- Portuguese: sinal de subtração
- Spanish: desventaja

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