Minus Sign

Pronunciation: /ˈmaɪ.nəs saɪn/ Explain

The symbol '-' is called the minus sign. It can indicate subtraction or a negative value.


-5Negative five
-aNegative a. If a=3, -a=-3. If a=-6, -a=6.
7 - 47 minus 4.
a + -5Add negative five to a.
7 - -dSubtract negative d from 7.


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McAdams, David E. Minus Sign. 12/21/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/m/minussign.html.

Revision History

12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)
9/3/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup. (McAdams, David E.)
5/5/2011: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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