- reduced by the subtraction of; less: four
*minus*two - without; lacking:
*minus*a toe

Origin of minus

Late Middle English from L, less, neuter singular of*minor,*minor

- indicating or involving subtraction: a
*minus*sign - somewhat less than the full value of: used after a letter grade: a grade of A
*minus* - Bot. designating one of two strains of certain fungi and algae which only mate with the opposite (
*plus*) strain - Elec. negative (adjective)
- Math. negative (adjective): a
*minus*quantity

- a minus sign
- a negative quantity
- a negative quality, feature, etc.