[mahy-nuh s] /ˈmaɪ nəs/
less by the subtraction of; decreased by:
Ten minus six is four.
lacking or without:
a book minus its title page.
involving or noting subtraction.
a minus quantity.
less than; just below in quality:
to get a C minus on a test.
Informal. having negative qualities or characteristics; inferior.
Mycology. (in heterothallic fungi) designating, in the absence of morphological differentiation, one of the two strains of mycelia that unite in the sexual process.
a minus quantity.
a deficiency or loss.
Informal. a person or thing with no apparent abilities, usefulness, etc.:
The last applicant was a definite minus.
reduced by the subtraction of: four minus two (written 4 – 2)
(informal) deprived of; lacking: minus the trimmings, that hat would be ordinary
on the negative part of a scale or coordinate axis: a value of minus 40°C
involving a disadvantage, harm, etc: a minus factor
(postpositive) (education) slightly below the standard of a particular grade: he received a B minus for his essay
(botany) designating the strain of a fungus that can only undergo sexual reproduction with a plus strain
denoting a negative electric charge
short for minus sign
a negative quantity
a disadvantage, loss, or deficit
(informal) something detrimental or negative
late 15c., “with subtraction of,” from Latin minus “less,” neuter of minor “smaller,” from PIE *mi-nu-, suffixed form of root *mei- “small” (cf. Latin minuere “to diminish, reduce, lessen,” Greek meion “less, smaller,” Old English minsian “to diminish,” Sanskrit miyate “diminishes, declines,” Russian men’she “less”).
Mathematical use in expressions of calculation did not exist in the word in classical Latin and is probably from North Sea medieval commercial usage of Latin plus and minus to indicate surplus or deficiency of weight or measure. Origin of the “minus sign” is disputed.
1650s, from minus (prep.).
A disadvantage: that degree is actually a minus for him (1708+)
Common: dash; ITU-T: hyphen; ITU-T: minus. Rare: INTERCAL: worm; option; dak; bithorpe.
[min-uh-skyool, mi-nuhs-kyool] /ˈmɪn əˌskyul, mɪˈnʌs kyul/ adjective 1. very small. 2. (of letters or writing) small; not capital. 3. written in such letters (opposed to ). noun 4. a minuscule letter. 5. a small cursive script developed in the 7th century a.d. from the uncial, which it afterward superseded. /ˈmɪnəˌskjuːl/ noun 1. a lower-case letter […]
- Minus cyclophoria
minus cyclophoria mi·nus cyclophoria (mī’nəs) n. See incyclophoria.
[ming-kawf-skee, -kof-] noun 1. Hermann [hur-muh n;; German her-mahn] (Show IPA), 1864–1909, German mathematician. /mɪŋˈkɒfskɪ/ noun 1. Hermann (ˈhɜːmən). 1864–1909, German mathematician, born in Russia. His concept of a four-dimensional space-time continuum (1907) proved crucial for the general theory of relativity developed by Einstein
[ming-kee] noun 1. a dark-colored baleen whale, Baleanoptera acutorostrata, inhabiting temperate and polar seas and growing to a length of 33 feet (10 meters): reduced in numbers. n. type of small whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), 1939, supposedly from the Norwegian surname Meincke. The name minke is said to have derived from one of Svend Foyn’s crew […]