Definitions
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
 preposition Mathematics Reduced by the subtraction of; less.
 preposition Informal Without.
 adjective Mathematics Negative or on the negative part of a scale.
 adjective Ranking on the lower end of a designated scale.
 noun The minus sign (−).
 noun A negative quantity.
 noun A deficiency or defect.
from The Century Dictionary.
 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
 noun A factor counted as a disadvantage; a loss or potential loss in a situation or plan.
 adjective (Math.) Less; requiring to be subtracted; negative.
 adjective (Math.) the sign [] denoting
minus , orless , prefixed to negative quantities, or quantities to be subtracted. See Negative sign, underNegative .
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/ShareAlike License.
 conjunction mathematics
Difference of the previous number from the following number.  preposition informal
without .  adjective mathematics
Negative .  adjective On the negative part of a
scale .  adjective
Ranking just below a designated rating.  noun mathematics A
minus sign (− ).  noun mathematics A negative
quantity .  noun A
defect ordeficiency .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
 noun an arithmetic operation in which the difference between two numbers is calculated
 adjective on the negative side or lower end of a scale
 adjective involving disadvantage or harm
Etymologies
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Middle English, from Latin minus, neuter of minor, less; see mei in IndoEuropean roots.]
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/ShareAlike License
From the neuter form of Latin minor ("smaller").
Examples

That is one snug and comfy tent even in minus twenty weather.

What I meant was that adjusted plus/minus is too noisy to be the only stat we use.

The minus is only  they've accomplished an awful lot.

That is one snug and comfy tent even in minus twenty weather.

The minus is only  they've accomplished an awful lot.

The minus is because I think they should've done a bigger stimulus.

The minus is because I think they should've done a bigger stimulus.

Sobey's will carry your groceries and load your car for you, even in minus 40!

The minus is only  they've accomplished an awful lot.

The minus is because I think they should've done a bigger stimulus.
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