Definition of minus preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    minus

     preposition
    preposition
    BrE BrE//ˈmaɪnəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪnəs//
     
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  1. 1used when you subtract (= take away) one number or thing from another one Seven minus three is four (7 − 3 = 4). the former Soviet Union, minus the Baltic republics and Georgia See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  2. 2used to express temperature below zero degrees It was minus ten. The temperature dropped to minus 28 degrees centigrade (−28°C).
  3. 3(informal) without something that was there before We're going to be minus a car for a while. The group found itself minus a bass player.
  4. opposite plus1
    Word Origin late 15th cent.: from Latin, neuter of minor ‘less’.Idioms used when the number mentioned may actually be more or less by a particular amount synonym give or take The margin of error was plus or minus three percentage points.
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