minus
I. preposition Etymology: Middle English, from Latin minus, adverb, less, from neuter of minor smaller — more at minor Date: 15th century 1. diminished by ; less <
seven minus four is three
>
2. deprived of ; without <
minus his hat
>
II. noun Date: 1708 1. a negative quantity 2. a negative quality; especially drawback III. adjective Date: 1776 1. algebraically negative <
a minus quantity
>
<
minus ten degrees
>
2. having a negative quality 3. relating to or being a particular one of the two mating types that are required for successful fertilization in sexual reproduction in some lower plants (as a fungus) 4. falling low in a specified range <
B minus
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  • minus — minus …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • minus — [ minys ] ou minus habens [ minysabɛ̃s ] n. • 1836 minus habens; 1833 minus habentes plur.; lat. « ayant moins » ♦ Fam. Individu incapable ou peu intelligent. Elle « traitait Paul comme un minus habens » (Cocteau). Une, des minus. ⇒ crétin,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • minus — MÍNUS, (l, 2) minusuri, s.n., (3) adv. 1. s.n. Semn de forma unei liniuţe orizontale, folosit pentru indicarea operaţiei de scădere sau pentru caracterizarea numerelor sau mărimilor negative. 2. s.n. Deficit, lipsă. 3. adv. Mai puţin, fără. – Din …   Dicționar Român

  • Mínus — Origin Iceland Genres Noise Rock Hardcore Alternative Rock Post hardcore Years active 1998–present Labels …   Wikipedia

  • minus — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mnż I, D. a, Mc. minussie {{/stl 8}}{{stl 20}} {{/stl 20}}{{stl 12}}1. {{/stl 12}}{{stl 8}}mat. {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} nazwa znaku mającego postać poziomej kreski, oznaczającej operację odejmowania dwu liczb lub wyrażeń… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • minus — Adj erw. fach. (14. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. minus, der Neutralform von l. minor kleiner, geringer . Substantiviert: Minus.    Ebenso nndl. minus, ne. minus, nfrz. moins, nschw. minus, nnorw. minus. Zur germanischen Verwandtschaft s.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • minus — [mī′nəs] prep. [LME < L, less, neut. sing. of minor,MINOR] 1. reduced by the subtraction of; less [four minus two] 2. Informal without; lacking [minus a toe] adj. 1. indicating or involving subtraction [a minus sign] …   English World dictionary

  • minus — mínus [b] (II)[/b] m <N mn i> DEFINICIJA 1. razg. nedostatak [to mu je veliki minus] 2. mat. a. negativan predznak, znak minus » « b. oznaka za operaciju oduzimanja FRAZEOLOGIJA ući u minus u bankovnom poslovanju podizanjem novca svjesno… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • minus — ► PREPOSITION 1) with the subtraction of. 2) (of temperature) falling below zero by: minus 40° centigrade. 3) informal lacking: he was minus a finger. ► ADJECTIVE 1) (before a number) below zero; negative. 2) (after a grade) slightly below: C… …   English terms dictionary

  • Minus — Mi nus (m[imac] n[u^]s), a. [L. See {Minor}, and cf. {Mis } pref. from the French.] (Math.) Less; requiring to be subtracted; negative; as, a minus quantity. [1913 Webster] {Minus sign} (Math.), the sign [ ] denoting minus, or less, prefixed to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • minus — minus: Der Ausdruck für »weniger« (zur Bezeichnung der Subtraktion) wurde im 14. Jh. aus gleichbed. lat. minus übernommen, dem adverbial gebrauchten Neutrum von lat. minor »kleiner, geringer« (↑ Minorität). Das lat. Wort, das die komparativische… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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