zero




Zero means nothing. When you add zero to the number one, you get the number one. If your mother says your new boyfriend is a zero, she thinks he’s got nothing going for him.

You might know zero as 0, zilch, zip, nothing, or nada. While it is a number of no value, without it we wouldn’t be able to count beyond 9. The temperature at which water freezes is zero degrees Celsius. And if you got a zero on a test, it means that you answered every single question wrong.

Definitions of zero
  1. noun

    a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number

    synonyms:
    0, cipher, cypher, nought
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    type of:

    digit, figure

    one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration

  2. noun

    a quantity of no importance

    synonyms:
    aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, nada, naught, nil, nix, nothing, null, zilch, zip, zippo
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    types:

    nihil

    (Latin) nil; nothing (as used by a sheriff after an unsuccessful effort to serve a writ)
    type of:

    relative quantity

    a quantity relative to some purpose

  3. adjective

    having no measurable or otherwise determinable value

    “the goal is
    zero population growth”
    Synonyms:

    no

    quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns for indicating a complete or almost complete lack or zero quantity of
  4. adjective

    of or relating to the null set (a set with no members)

  5. adjective

    indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration

    “a
    zero score”
    synonyms:
    0

    cardinal

    being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order
  6. noun

    the point on a scale from which positive or negative numerical quantities can be measured

    synonyms:
    zero point
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    type of:

    numerical quantity

    a quantity expressed as a number

  7. verb

    adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value

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    type of:

    adjust, correct, set

    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

  8. adjective

    indicating an initial point or origin

    Synonyms:

    ordinal

    being or denoting a numerical order in a series
  9. noun

    the sight setting that will cause a projectile to hit the center of the target with no wind blowing

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    type of:

    sight setting

    the adjustment of a gunsight for elevation and windage on a particular range under favorable light conditions

  10. verb

    adjust (as by firing under test conditions) the zero of (a gun)

    “He
    zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards”
    synonyms:
    zero in
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    type of:

    adjust, correct, set

    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

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