minus (ˈmaɪnəs) | |
—prep | |
1. | reduced by the subtraction of: four minus two |
2. | informal deprived of; lacking: minus the trimmings, that hat would be ordinary |
—adj | |
3. | a. indicating or involving subtraction: a minus sign |
b. Also: negative having a value or designating a quantity less than zero: a minus number | |
4. | on the negative part of a scale or coordinate axis: a value of minus 40°C |
5. | involving a disadvantage, harm, etc: a minus factor |
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 |
8. | denoting a negative electric charge |
—n | |
9. | short for minus sign |
10. | a negative quantity |
11. | a disadvantage, loss, or deficit |
12. | informal something detrimental or negative |
[C15: from Latin, neuter of |