- reduced by the subtraction of; less: four minus two
- Informal without; lacking: minus a toe
Origin: LME < L, less, neut. sing. of minor, minor
- indicating or involving subtraction: a minus sign
- negative: a minus quantity
- somewhat less than: 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
- a minus sign
- a negative quantity
- a negative quality, feature, etc.
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- Mathematics Reduced by the subtraction of; less: Ten minus four is six.
- Informal Without: I went to work minus my ID.
- Mathematics Negative or on the negative part of a scale: a minus value; minus five degrees.
- Ranking on the lower end of a designated scale: a grade of A minus.
- Mathematics a. The minus sign (-).b. A negative quantity.
- A deficiency or defect.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin minus, neuter of minor, less; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.
minus - Investment & Finance Definition
- Used in the net change column of security transaction tables to indicate a closing price that is lower than the previous closing price on the day that the security was last traded.
- Used in reporting closed-end investment company share prices to indicate the percentage amount by which net asset value exceeds market price. Compare plus 2.