# Minus

#### Pronunciation

**enPR:***mīn-əs*,**IPA:***/ˈmaɪnəs/*- Rhymes: -aɪnəs

#### Origin

From the neuter form of *Latin* __minor__ ("smaller").

#### Conjunction

- (
*mathematics*) Difference of the previous number from the following number.*seven***minus**two is five

#### Derived terms

#### Adjective

#### minus

#### Noun

#### minus

(*plural*)

**minuses**- (
*mathematics*) A minus sign (−). - (
*mathematics*) A negative quantity. - A defect or deficiency.

#### Synonyms

- (
*defect or deficiency*) defect, deficiency, drawback, flaw, shortcoming