- The definition of zero is having no measurable growth or quantity.
A soccer team with no points is an example of a team with a zero score.
- Zero is a numerical figure which is defined as the lack of any quantity.
An example of zero is no cookies left in the jar.
There are zero items in this jar.
zero
noun
pl. zeros or zeroes- the symbol or numeral 0, representing the complete absence of any quantity or magnitude
- the point, marked 0, from which positive or negative quantities are reckoned on a graduated scale, as on a thermometer; specif.,
- on a centigrade thermometer, the freezing point of water
- on a Fahrenheit thermometer, a point 32° below the freezing point of water
- a temperature that causes a thermometer to register zero
- the point intermediate between positive and negative quantities
- nothing
- the lowest point: his chances of success sank to zero
- Gunnery a sight setting for a range, allowing for both elevation and windage
Origin of zero
French zéro ; from Italian zero ; from Arabic ṣifr, cipheradjective
- of or at zero
- without measurable value
- Informal not any; no: a snack having zero cholesterol
- Aeron.
- designating or of a ceiling that is at or near the ground, specif. one at a height of fifty feet or lower
- designating or of visibility along the ground regarded as within the limit of a few feet
- Linguis. designating a hypothetical inflectional form: the plural of deer is said to be formed by the addition of a zero allomorph of the plural morpheme
zero Idioms
zero in
- to adjust the zero of (a gun)
- to aim (a gun) or concentrate (firepower) directly at or on (a target)
zero in on
- to adjust gunfire so as to be aiming directly at (a target)
- to concentrate attention on; focus on
zero
noun
pl. ze·ros or ze·roes- The numerical symbol 0; a cipher.
- Mathematics a. The identity element for addition.b. A cardinal number indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration.c. An ordinal number indicating an initial point or origin.d. An argument at which the value of a function vanishes.
- The temperature indicated by the numeral 0 on a thermometer.
- A sight setting that enables a firearm to shoot on target.
- Informal One having no influence or importance; a nonentity: a manager who was a total zero.
- The lowest point: His prospects were approaching zero.
- Informal Nothing; nil: Today I accomplished zero.
adjective
- Of, relating to, or being zero.
- a. Having no measurable or otherwise determinable value.b. Informal Absent, inoperative, or irrelevant in specified circumstances: “The town has &ellipsis; practically no opportunities for amusement, zero culture” (Robert M. Adams).
- Meteorology a. Designating a ceiling not more than 16 meters (52 feet) high.b. Limited in horizontal visibility to no more than 55 meters (180 feet).
- Linguistics Of or relating to a morpheme that is expected by an established, regular paradigm but has no spoken or written form. Moose has a zero plural; that is, its plural is moose.
transitive verb
ze·roed, ze·ro·ing, ze·roes To adjust (an instrument or a device) to zero value.
Phrasal Verbs: zero ina. To aim or concentrate firepower on an exact target location.
b. To adjust the aim or sight of by repeated firings.
To converge intently; close in: The children zeroed in on the display of toys in the store window. zero out To reduce to zero. To eliminate (a budget or budget item) by cutting off funding.Origin of zero
Italian, from alteration of Medieval Latin zephirum, from Arabic &slowdot;ifr, nothing, cipher; see cipher.zero
Usage notes
- In an adjectival sense, used with the plural of a countable noun:
- I have zero dollars and zero food.
Noun
(countable and uncountable, plural zeroes or zeros)
- The numeric symbol that represents the cardinal number zero.
- In unary and k-adic notation in general, zero is the empty string.
- Write 0.0 to indicate a floating point number rather than the integer zero.
- The zero sign in American Sign Language is considered rude in some cultures.
- The digit 0 in the decimal, binary, and all other base numbering systems.
- One million has six zeroes.
- (informal, uncountable) Nothing, or none.
- The shipment was lost, so they had zero in stock.
- He knows zero about humour.
- In the end, all of our hard work amounted to zero.
- The value of a magnitude corresponding to the cardinal number zero.
- The electromagnetic field does not drop all of the way to zero before a reversal.
- The point on a scale at which numbering or measurement originates.
- The temperature outside is ten degrees below zero.
- (mathematics) A value of the independent variables of a function, for which the function is equal to zero.
- The zeroes of a polynomial are its roots by the fundamental theorem of algebra.
- The derivative of a continuous, differentiable function that twice crosses the axis must have a zero.
- The nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function may all lie on the critical line.
- (mathematics, algebra) The additive identity element of a monoid or greater algebraic structure, particularly a group or ring.
- Since a commutative zero is the inverse of any additive identity, it must be unique when it exists.
- The zero (of a ring or field) has the property that the product of the zero with any element yields the zero.
- The quotient ring over a maximal ideal is a field with a single zero element.
- (slang) A person of little or no importance.
- They rudely treated him like a zero.
- (military) A Mitsubishi A6M Zero, a long range fighter aircraft operated by the Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940 to 1945.
- A setting of calibrated instruments such as a firearm.
- (finance) A security which has a zero coupon (paying no periodic interest).
- The takeovers were financed by issuing zeroes.
Antonyms
- (value of a function's variables at zero): pole
Adjective
(not comparable)
- (informal, used with noun) none
- She showed zero respect.
- (meteorology) Of a cloud ceiling, limiting vision to 50 feet (15 meters) or less.
- (meteorology) Of horizontal visibility, limited to 165 feet (50.3 meters) or less.
- (linguistics) Present at an abstract level, but not realized in the data.
- The stem of "kobieta" with the zero ending is "kobiet".
Verb
(third-person singular simple present zeroes, present participle zeroing, simple past and past participle zeroed)
- To set a measuring instrument to zero; to calibrate instrument scale to valid zero.
- Zero the fluorometer with the same solvent used in extraction.
- (computing) To change a memory location or range to values of zero; to set a variable in a computer program to zero.
- Results were inconsistent because an array wasn’t zeroed during initialization.
- To cause or set some value or amount to be zero.
- They tried to zero the budget by the end of the quarter.
- To eliminate; to delete; to overwrite with zeros.
- (intransitive) To disappear
Origin
From French zéro, from Italian zero, from Medieval Latin zephirum, from Arabic صفر (ṣifr, “nothing, cipher”).