1) CONJ-COORD 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) ADJ: ADJ amount 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) Teachers use minus in grading work in schools and colleges. `B minus' is not as good as `B', but is a better grade than `C'.

I'm giving him a B minus.

4) PREP To be minus something means not to have that thing.

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

5) N-COUNT 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) PHRASE: PHR amount You use plus or minus to give the amount by which a particular number may vary.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 per cent.

English dictionary. 2008.


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