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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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we note that it contains two runs, the first with four minus signs and the second with four pluses.
When checking their examples, students should mark plus signs on the "always" characteristics and minus signs on the "never" characteristics.
com now supports search math, a form of advanced operators used to refine a query with quotations, plus and minus signs.
In El-Erian's former colleague Bill Gross' most recent commentary, Gross suggests there is a lack of fiscal policy that means "at best, a ceiling on risk asset prices, stocks, high-yield bond, private equity, real estate" or "at worst, minus signs at year's end that force investors to abandon hope for future returns.
But the string of minus signs on the Office for National Statistics release told its own sorry story.
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.
Negative 25 to 35 basis point money market rates in Germany with minus signs all the way out to six-year maturities, reflecting the expectation that negative policy rates are likely in store for at least 3 to 4 years in the future.
Is that we're like the plus and minus signs on a battery.