Math Definitions - Letter N


Definition of Negative

Definition of Negative

Negative numbers are numbers that are less than zero. If you visit Perisher Valley or Falls Creek, you might experience temperatures that are reported as negative numbers.

We write negative numbers using a minus sign in front. For example, \(-32\) is "negative thirty-two", although we tend to say it as "minus thirty-two".

Mathematicians will often use the abbreviation "-ve" to mean "negative".

The positive numbers are the numbers that are greater than zero. Zero is considered to be neither positive nor negative.


The aim of this dictionary is to provide definitions to common mathematical terms. Students learn a new math skill every week at school, sometimes just before they start a new skill, if they want to look at what a specific term means, this is where this dictionary will become handy and a go-to guide for a student.


Year 1 to Year 12 students

Learning Objectives

Learn common math terms starting with letter N

Author: Subject Coach
Added on: 6th Feb 2018

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