Definition of Zero in English :

Define Zero in English

Zero meaning in English

Meaning of Zero in English

Pronunciation of Zero in English

Zero pronunciation in English

Pronounce Zero in English


see synonyms of zero


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

a quantity of no importance

Example Sentences:
'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. 0, cipher, cypher, nought, zero

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

3. zero, zero point

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

4. zero

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


5. zero

adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value

6. zero, zero in

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

Example Sentences:
'He zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards'


7. 0, zero

indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration

Example Sentences:
'a zero score'

8. zero

having no measurable or otherwise determinable value

Example Sentences:
'the goal is zero population growth'

9. zero

indicating an initial point or origin

10. zero

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

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of zero
noun plural -ros or -roes
the symbol 0, indicating an absence of quantity or magnitude; nought
. Former name: cipher
the integer denoted by the symbol 0; nought
the cardinal number between +1 and –1
nothing; nil
a person or thing of no significance; nonentity
the lowest point or degree
his prospects were put at zero
the line or point on a scale of measurement from which the graduations commence
the temperature, pressure, etc, that registers a reading of zero on a scale
the value of a variable, such as temperature, obtained under specified conditions
a gunsight setting in which accurate allowance has been made for both windage and elevation for a specified range
10. mathematics
the cardinal number of a set with no members
the identity element of addition
11. linguistics
an allomorph with no phonetic realization, as the plural marker of English sheep
(as modifier)
a zero form
12. Also called: zero-coupon bond finance
a bond that pays no interest, the equivalent being paid in its redemption value
Compare Zebra
having no measurable quantity, magnitude, etc
14. meteorology
(of a cloud ceiling) limiting visibility to 15 metres (50 feet) or less
(of horizontal visibility) limited to 50 metres (165 feet) or less
verb -roes, -roing or -roed
15. (transitive)
to adjust (an instrument, apparatus, etc) so as to read zero or a position taken as zero
16. informal, mainly US
no (thing) at all
this job has zero interest

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see synonyms of zero
nounWord forms: plural ˈzeros or ˈzeroes
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
7.  Artillery
a sight setting for a range, allowing for both elevation and windage
of or at zero
without measurable value
10.  Informal
not any; no
a snack having zero cholesterol
11.  Aeronautics
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
12.  Linguistics
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
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈzeroed or ˈzeroing
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

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of zero
n. pl. ze·ros or ze·roes
1. The numerical symbol 0; a cipher.
2. 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.
3. The temperature indicated by the numeral 0 on a thermometer.
4. A sight setting that enables a firearm to shoot on target.
5. Informal One having no influence or importance; a nonentity: a manager who was a total zero.
6. The lowest point: His prospects were approaching zero.
7. Informal Nothing; nil: Today I accomplished zero.
1. Of, relating to, or being zero.
a. Having no measurable or otherwise determinable value.
b. Informal Not any; no: "The town has ... practically no opportunities for amusement, zero culture" (Robert M. Adams).
3. 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).
4. 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.
tr.v. ze·roed, ze·ro·ing, ze·roes
To adjust (an instrument or a device) to zero value.

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