- reduced by the subtraction of; less: four minus two
- without; lacking: minus a toe
Origin of minusLate 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.
- 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 of minusMiddle English from Latin minus neuter of minor less ; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (mathematics) Difference of the previous number from the following number.
- seven minus two is five
- (informal) Without.
- I walked out minus my coat.
(plural mini or minuses)
- in sum, munis