What does zero mean?

Definitions for zero
ˈzɪər oʊze·ro

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word zero.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nothing, nil, nix, nada, null, aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, naught, zero, zilch, zip, zippo(noun)

    a quantity of no importance

    "it looked like nothing I had ever seen before"; "reduced to nil all the work we had done"; "we racked up a pathetic goose egg"; "it was all for naught"; "I didn't hear zilch about it"

  2. zero, 0, nought, cipher, cypher(noun)

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

  3. zero, zero point(noun)

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

  4. zero(adj)

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

  5. zero, 0(adj)

    indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration

    "a zero score"

  6. zero(a)(adj)

    having no measurable or otherwise determinable value

    "the goal is zero population growth"

  7. zero(adj)

    indicating an initial point or origin

  8. zero(verb)

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

  9. zero(verb)

    adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value

  10. zero, zero in(verb)

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

    "He zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards"

Wiktionary

  1. zero(Noun)

    The numeric symbol that represents the cardinal number zero.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  2. zero(Noun)

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

    One million has six zeroes.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  3. zero(Noun)

    Nothing, or none.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  4. zero(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  5. zero(Noun)

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

    The temperature outside is ten degrees below zero.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  6. zero(Noun)

    A value of the independent variables of a function, for which the function is equal to zero.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  7. zero(Noun)

    The additive identity element of a monoid or greater algebraic structure, particularly a group or ring.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  8. zero(Noun)

    A person of little or no importance.

    They rudely treated him like a zero.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  9. zero(Noun)

    A Mitsubishi A6M Zero, a long range fighter aircraft operated by the Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940 to 1945.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  10. zero(Verb)

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

    Zero the fluorometer with the same solvent used in extraction.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  11. zero(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  12. zero(Verb)

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

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

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  13. zero(Verb)

    To eliminate; to delete; to overwrite with zeros.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  14. zero(Verb)

    To disappear

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  15. zero(Noun)

    A setting of calibrated instruments such as a firearm.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  16. zero(Noun)

    A security which has a zero coupon (paying no periodic interest).

    The takeovers were financed by issuing zeroes.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  17. zero(Adjective)

    none

    She showed zero respect.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  18. zero(Adjective)

    Of a cloud ceiling, limiting vision to 50 feet (15 meters) or less.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  19. zero(Adjective)

    Of horizontal visibility, limited to 165 feet (50.3 meters) or less.

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

  20. zero(Adjective)

    Present at an abstract level, but not realized in the data.

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

    Etymology: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zero(noun)

    a cipher; nothing; naught

    Etymology: [F. zro, from Ar. afrun, ifrun, empty, a cipher. Cf. Cipher.]

  2. Zero(noun)

    the point from which the graduation of a scale, as of a thermometer, commences

    Etymology: [F. zro, from Ar. afrun, ifrun, empty, a cipher. Cf. Cipher.]

  3. Zero(noun)

    fig.: The lowest point; the point of exhaustion; as, his patience had nearly reached zero

    Etymology: [F. zro, from Ar. afrun, ifrun, empty, a cipher. Cf. Cipher.]

Freebase

  1. Zero

    Zero is a video game character present throughout the Mega Man franchise. First appearing in the 1993 game Mega Man X for the Super Nintendo, Zero has since been the star of the Mega Man Zero series and has played a supporting role in other game series such as the Mega Man ZX series. First developed by Keiji Inafune when he was attempting to create a new design for Mega Man for the X series, Zero was instead used as a secondary character. In the Zero series, which was developed by Inti Creates, Zero is the protagonist and had a change in his design, which was meant to create a more "human feel" to him. Zero has since played a minor role in the ZX series as Model Z. His inclusion in the Mega Man X series has generally received positive critical response from video games reviewers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Zero

    zē′ro, n. cipher: nothing: the point from which the reckoning begins on scales, such as those of the barometer, &c. [Fr.,—Ar. sifr. Doublet cipher.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Zero

    a word of Arab origin signifying a cipher, and employed to denote a neutral point in scale between an ascending and descending series, or between positive and negative.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. zero

    A round figure often referred to by Doctor Cook in his diary, and which his enemies tried to make symbolic of himself.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. zero

    1. To set to 0. Usually said of small pieces of data, such as bits or words (esp. in the construction zero out). 2. To erase; to discard all data from. Said of disks and directories, where ‘zeroing’ need not involve actually writing zeroes throughout the area being zeroed. One may speak of something being logically zeroed rather than being physically zeroed. See scribble.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Zero

    (a) The origin of any scale of measurement. (b) An infinitely small quantity or measurement.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. ZERO

    Originally, nothing; but now meaning a good deal on a thermometer or bank-draft, and comprising two-thirds of the 400.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. zero

    The cypher or nought at the beginning of a graduated arc.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'zero' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2623

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How to say zero in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of zero in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of zero in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of zero in a Sentence

  1. Chief Franklin Adderley:

    There was no criminal behavior detected during this investigation, however, the four officers' conduct was inexcusable and there is zero tolerance for this kind of behavior in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, its attempt was to damage the image of our agency and I just hope that the people and the public realize that we're not going to tolerate it and anyone that's engaged in this behavior will be addressed immediately.

  2. Stephan Ulamec:

    Unfortunately, the probability of Philae re-establishing contact with our team at the DLR Lander Control Center is almost zero, and we will no longer be sending any commands, it would be very surprising if we received a signal now.

  3. Marcel Lazar:

    Ok, so now, now I think that it is maybe Guccifer two-zero, the State Department, or this guy from the State Department, who is handling my case, i think it was more like they were planning this. I mean they, this guy from the State Department.

  4. Bernie Ecclestone:

    We should have never ever, ever allowed Manor to do what they’ve done. It’s our fault. I predicted this would happen, they had no intention of racing in Australia. Zero. They couldn’t have raced if someone had gone there with a machine gun and put it to their head.

  5. Jonathan Volk:

    We now have over 500 patients on this medication and we have zero new infections.

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