minus

Use the word minus to mean "less" or "with the subtraction of." When it's minus fifteen degrees outside, it's fifteen below zero — or fifteen degrees less than zero.

Whenever you talk about negative numbers, whether they relate to temperature or your bank account, the adjective minus always applies. If you have minus fifty dollars in the bank, you're below zero on the money scale. You can also use minus as noun, to mean "subtraction," or a subtraction mark: "Put a minus in front of that three before you add the columns." Minus means "less" in Latin, and it's closely related to minor, or "smaller."

Definitions of minus
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adj on the negative side or lower end of a scale

minus 5 degrees”
“a grade of B minus
Synonyms:
negative
less than zero
Antonyms:
plus
on the positive side or higher end of a scale
nonnegative
either positive or zero
positive
greater than zero
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adj involving disadvantage or harm

minus (or negative) factors”
Synonyms:
negative
disadvantageous
constituting a disadvantage

n an arithmetic operation in which the difference between two numbers is calculated

“four minus three equals one”
Synonyms:
subtraction
Type of:
arithmetic operation
a mathematical operation involving numbers

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