minus vs hyphen :

minus or hyphen

When baffled computer users phone Support they may say they have a Model AB “minus” 231. In the model name “AB-231” the linking character is a hyphen, though “dash” will do. “Minus” makes no sense in such contexts, but is so common that support personnel have begun to adopt it too.

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  • n  an arithmetic operation in which the difference between two numbers is calculated
    four minus three equals one
  • a  on the negative side or lower end of a scale
    minus 5 degrees
    a grade of B minus
  • s  involving disadvantage or harm
    minus (or negative) factors

  • n  a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text
  • v  divide or connect with a hyphen
    hyphenate these words and names
News & Articles

  • Pluses and Minuses
    Minus: We're again disappointed to see the Licking County commissioners considering a tax increase, albeit a very small one, on a smaller percentage of the population.
    June 15, 2013 - Newark Advocate
  • 'Success is out there
    HARVARD -- In his opening remarks to the 113 graduating seniors (minus four who were out of town, competing in a national sports event) and their families and friends, gathered in The Bromfield School gym for the school's 134th commencement, Principal James O'Shea called the class of 2013 an "incredible group of students.
    June 14, 2013 - Harvard Hillside
  • Chris Kelly seeks fix
    CHICAGO — Chris Kelly had an extremely tough outing in Game 1. The Bruins center was a minus-3 and on the ice for Andrew Shaw ’s game-winning goal in the third overtime of the 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks Wednesday night. He also won just 7-of-22 faceoffs and did not have a shot in 25:57 of ice time.
    June 14, 2013 - Boston Herald