[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+)
- Minus infinity
The most negative value, not necessarily or even usually the simple negation of plus infinity. In N bit twos-complement arithmetic, infinity is 2^(N-1) – 1 but minus infinity is -(2^(N-1)), not -(2^(N-1) – 1).
noun, Surveying. 1. a foresight used in leveling.
noun, Arithmetic. 1. the symbol (−) denoting subtraction or a negative quantity. noun 1. the symbol –, indicating subtraction or a negative quantity
[min-it] /ˈmɪn ɪt/ noun 1. the sixtieth part (1/60) of an hour; sixty seconds. 2. an indefinitely short space of time: Wait a minute! 3. an exact point in time; instant; moment: Come here this minute! 4. minutes, the official record of the proceedings at a meeting of a society, committee, or other group. 5. […]