Zero meaning

zîrō, zērō
(informal) One having no influence or importance; a nonentity.

A manager who was a total zero.

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The lowest point.

His prospects were approaching zero.

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The point intermediate between positive and negative quantities.
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(informal) Nothing; nil.

Today I accomplished zero.

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(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.
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Without measurable value.
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Of, relating to, or being zero.
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To adjust (an instrument or a device) to zero value.
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The point, marked 0, from which positive or negative quantities are reckoned on a graduated scale, as on a thermometer.
  • On a centigrade thermometer, the freezing point of water.
  • On a Fahrenheit thermometer, a point 32° below the freezing point of water.
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A temperature that causes a thermometer to register zero.
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Nothing.
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The lowest point.

His chances of success sank to zero.

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(gunnery) A sight setting for a range, allowing for both elevation and windage.
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Of or at zero.
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(informal) Not any; no.

A snack having zero cholesterol.

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(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.

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To adjust (an instrument, etc.) to a zero point or to an arbitrary point from which all positive and negative readings are to be measured.
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The symbol or numeral 0, representing the complete absence of any quantity or magnitude.
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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.

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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.

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The numerical symbol 0, representing a number that when added to another number leaves the original number unchanged.
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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.

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The digit 0 in the decimal, binary, and all other base numbering systems.

One million has six zeroes.

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(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.

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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.

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The point on a scale at which numbering or measurement originates.

The temperature outside is ten degrees below zero.

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(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.

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(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.

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(slang) A person of little or no importance.

They rudely treated him like a zero.

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(military) A Mitsubishi A6M Zero, a long range fighter aircraft operated by the Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940 to 1945.
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A setting of calibrated instruments such as a firearm.
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(finance) A security which has a zero coupon (paying no periodic interest).

The takeovers were financed by issuing zeroes.

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(informal, used with noun) None.

She showed zero respect.

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(meteorology) Of a cloud ceiling, limiting vision to 50 feet (15 meters) or less.
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(meteorology) Of horizontal visibility, limited to 165 feet (50.3 meters) or less.
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(linguistics) Present at an abstract level, but not realized in the data.

The stem of "kobieta" with the zero ending is "kobiet".

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To set a measuring instrument to zero; to calibrate instrument scale to valid zero.

Zero the fluorometer with the same solvent used in extraction.

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(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.

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To cause or set some value or amount to be zero.

They tried to zero the budget by the end of the quarter.

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To eliminate; to delete; to overwrite with zeros.
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(intransitive) To disappear.
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The numerical symbol 0; a cipher.
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The temperature indicated by the numeral 0 on a thermometer.
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A sight setting that enables a firearm to shoot on target.
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zero in
  • to adjust the zero of (a gun)
  • to aim (a gun) or concentrate (firepower) directly at or on (a target)
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zero in on
  • to adjust gunfire so as to be aiming directly at (a target)
  • to concentrate attention on; focus on
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of zero

  • Italian from alteration of Medieval Latin zephirum from Arabic ṭifr nothing, cipher cipher

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French zéro, from Italian zero, from Medieval Latin zephirum, from Arabic صفر (á¹£ifr, “nothing, cipher").

    From Wiktionary