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"


  1. zero(Noun)

    The numeric symbol that represents the cardinal number zero.

  2. zero(Noun)

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

    One million has six zeroes.

  3. zero(Noun)

    Nothing, or none.

  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.

  5. zero(Noun)

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

    The temperature outside is ten degrees below zero.

  6. zero(Noun)

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

  7. zero(Noun)

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

  8. zero(Noun)

    A person of little or no importance.

    They rudely treated him like a zero.

  9. zero(Noun)

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  13. zero(Verb)

    To eliminate; to delete; to overwrite with zeros.

  14. zero(Verb)

    To disappear

  15. zero(Noun)

    A setting of calibrated instruments such as a firearm.

  16. zero(Noun)

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

    The takeovers were financed by issuing zeroes.

  17. zero(Adjective)


    She showed zero respect.

  18. zero(Adjective)

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

  19. zero(Adjective)

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

  20. zero(Adjective)

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

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

  21. Origin: From zéro, from zero, from zephirum, from صفر.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zero(noun)

    a cipher; nothing; naught

  2. Zero(noun)

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

  3. Zero(noun)

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

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


  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

How to pronounce zero?

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How to say zero in sign language?

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  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. De Niro Mueller:

    I am reading zero pages.

  2. Carl Pastrone:

    It cost the booster club zero.

  3. Lisa McGiffert:

    The closer to zero the better.

  4. Brandon Smith:

    I go from zero to 90 real quick.

  5. Curtis Lavarello:

    We've become zero-tolerant crazy.

Images & Illustrations of zero

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