There are zero items in this jar.
- 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.
nounpl. 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
- 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 zeroFrench zéro ; from Italian zero ; from Arabic ṣifr, cipher
- of or at zero
- without measurable value
- Informal not any; no: a snack having zero cholesterol
- 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
- 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
nounpl. 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.
- 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 verbze·roed, ze·ro·ing, ze·roes
Origin of zeroItalian, from alteration of Medieval Latin zephirum, from Arabic &slowdot;ifr, nothing, cipher; see cipher.
- In an adjectival sense, used with the plural of a countable noun:
- I have zero dollars and zero food.
(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.
- (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".
(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