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minus sign

the symbol --, indicating subtraction or a negative quantity

minus sign

[′mī·nəs ‚sīn]
(mathematics)

minus sign

The minus sign (-) is the subtract symbol in programming and on calculator keyboards. For example, 10 - 7 means subtract 7 from 10. It is also used in command line syntax for a switch. For example, in the PKUNZIP statement pkunzip lotstuff -d, the -d is a switch that tells the program to create the original Directory structure that is stored in the .ZIP file. See forward slash.
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First, some authors use a minus sign rather than a plus sign for the final term.
Look on the Adobe toolbar for a plus or minus sign, or the magnifying glass icon.
There are a host of other operators that you can use for complex searches, but the only two I have found much use for are the minus sign we used in the last example and quotation marks.
When a search produces some good results, but also a bunch of oddballs, pick a word from the oddball results, add it to the search terms with a minus sign in front of it, and the next search will exclude that idea.
Notice how the minus sign and the angle together affect the quantity [a.
He couldn't believe his ears but was then shown the till receipt listing his buys with a minus sign by the balance.
If HCG is not present in the sample, the window shows only the preprinted blue horizontal line, forming a minus sign (-) to indicate a negative result.
Another simple trick is to use the minus sign to further eliminate irrelevant pages.
As The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler reported, a missing minus sign in the Bush budget turned this year's projected $106 billion deficit into a surplus.
Accurate answers were given a plus while inaccurate answers were given a minus sign.
For instance, you can click on the Modify Reports button to choose cash or accrual accounting, set filters, have negative numbers in parentheses, with a minus sign, or bright red if you so desire.
The minus sign denotes a loss or the inability to make year-on-year comparisons.