# Minus – Definition with Examples

## What is Minus?

Minus sign is used in mathematics for multiple representations.

• Subtraction operation

Minus represents the arithmetic operation of subtraction between two numbers. For example,

Minus sign also means taking something away from a given value.

For example, Darby has 6 gingerbread with her and she gives 3 gingerbread to Kelly.

So 6 minus 3 is equal to 3. Darby is left with 3 gingerbread.

• To represent negative integers

The minus sign is used to represent negative integers, whole numbers less than zero (no fractions).

For example, negative integer 3 is represented as: -3

• Mathematical operations on integers using ‘Minus’ sign

Multiplication of two negative numbers gives a positive.

Minus x Minus  = Positive

For example,

– 4 -10 = + 40

• Use in measurement

For example, A temperature of  – 3˚ C means 3 degrees below zero.

Another example,

The temperature is 4˚ C and then drops -10˚. What is the temperature now?

4 – 10 = -6