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minus

3 adjective
     
Related topics: Maths, School, Measurement
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1 [only before noun] British English used to talk about a disadvantage of a thing or situation [≠ plus]:
'Any minus points?' 'Well, the engine is rather noisy.'
On the minus side, there is no free back-up service if things go wrong.
2 less than zero - used especially when talking about temperatures:
At night temperatures sometimes fall to minus 30°.
a minus quantity
3

A minus/B minus etc

SE a mark used in a system of judging students' work. An 'A minus' is slightly lower than a 'A', but higher than a 'B'. [≠ plus]

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