I am doing some display typography with an equation in it using the `mathpazo`

package. At one point I have this fraction:

```
$\sqrt{-\frac{1}{9}}$
```

To me, the minus looks too long. I would like to make it shorter, but use of `\textrm{-}`

gives me something that is too thick. Is there a way to get something with the thickness of the minus above, but of a similar length to a hyphen?

Edited to add: this is really for a special case of enormous type on a T-shirt design, and the standard minus sign looks strange. I would not do this for standard use of math in an article.

## Best Answer

Would something as simple as a

`\scalebox`

do?Here, I am using the optional argument to

`\scalebox`

to set the vertical scaling to 1, so that only the horizontal size changes.