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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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He ignored the minus signs, thereby taking the absolute value of the terms.
com now supports search math, a form of advanced operators used to refine a query with quotations, plus and minus signs.
A bunch of executives (advisors) look at line items on a printout and simply make minus signs followed by numerals with Ks (thousands of dollars) and Ms (millions of dollars) after them on a line-byline basis.
This twist doesn't work for the Roman, but a different trick--changing the plus signs to minus signs (and letting IIX be taken as an eight)--gives it too a new anagram-palindrome-rotator equation with a different but correct arithmetical sum:
Minus signs indicate a loss or year-on-year incompatibility.
It's too late to erase those minus signs in the attendance and wagering columns.
Wednesday night's MLC national auction report showed a column of minus signs, with most categories shedding more than 12p on the week.
Particular attention should be paid to the interpretation of the plus and minus signs on the tables in the report.
Is that we're like the plus and minus signs on a battery.