from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- prep. Mathematics Reduced by the subtraction of; less: Ten minus four is six.
- prep. Informal Without: I went to work minus my ID.
- adj. Mathematics Negative or on the negative part of a scale: a minus value; minus five degrees.
- adj. Ranking on the lower end of a designated scale: a grade of A minus.
- n. Mathematics The minus sign (-).
- n. Mathematics A negative quantity.
- n. A deficiency or defect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- conj. Difference of the previous number from the following number.
- prep. without.
- adj. Negative.
- adj. On the negative part of a scale.
- adj. Ranking just below a designated rating.
- n. A minus sign (−).
- n. A negative quantity.
- n. A defect or deficiency.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Less; requiring to be subtracted; negative.
- n. A factor counted as a disadvantage; a loss or potential loss in a situation or plan.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Less(by a certain amount): followed by a noun as an apparent object (a preposition, by, to be supplied): as, the net amount is so much minus the waste or tare; 25 minus 9 is 16.
- Less than nothing; belonging to the inverse or negative side, as of an account; lying in the direction from the origin of measurement opposite to ordinary quantities: below zero, or below the lowest point of positive or upward reckoning: as, a minus amount or sum (that, is, an amount or sum representing loss or debt); a minus quantity in an equation (that is, one having the minus sign before it); the tempera ture was minus twenty degrees (written —20, and read “twenty degrees below zero”)
- Marking or yielding less than nothing or less than zero; negative in value or result: as, the minus sign (see def. 1).
- Deprived or devoid of; not having; without, as something necessary: as, he escaped minus his hat and coat; a gun minus its lock.
- Lacking positive value; wanting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an arithmetic operation in which the difference between two numbers is calculated
- adj. on the negative side or lower end of a scale
- adj. involving disadvantage or harm
Middle English, from Latin minus, neuter of minor, less.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the neuter form of Latin minor ("smaller"). (Wiktionary)