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ze·ro

 (zîr′ō, zē′rō)
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.
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or being zero.
2.
a. Having no measurable or otherwise determinable value.
b. Informal Absent, inoperative, or irrelevant in specified circumstances: "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.
Phrasal Verbs:
zero in
1.
a. To aim or concentrate firepower on an exact target location.
b. To adjust the aim or sight of by repeated firings.
2. To converge intently; close in: The children zeroed in on the display of toys in the store window.
zero out
1. To reduce to zero.
2. To eliminate (a budget or budget item) by cutting off funding.

[Italian, from alteration of Medieval Latin zephirum, from Arabic ṣifr, nothing, cipher; see cipher.]

zero

(ˈzɪərəʊ)
n, pl -ros or -roes
1. (Mathematics) the symbol 0, indicating an absence of quantity or magnitude; nought. Former name: cipher
2. (Mathematics) the integer denoted by the symbol 0; nought
3. (Mathematics) the cardinal number between +1 and –1
4. nothing; nil
5. a person or thing of no significance; nonentity
6. the lowest point or degree: his prospects were put at zero.
7. the line or point on a scale of measurement from which the graduations commence
8. (General Physics)
a. the temperature, pressure, etc, that registers a reading of zero on a scale
b. the value of a variable, such as temperature, obtained under specified conditions
9. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a gunsight setting in which accurate allowance has been made for both windage and elevation for a specified range
10. (Mathematics) maths
a. the cardinal number of a set with no members
b. the identity element of addition
11. (Linguistics) linguistics
a. an allomorph with no phonetic realization, as the plural marker of English sheep
b. (as modifier): a zero form.
12. (Banking & Finance) finance Also called: zero-coupon bond a bond that pays no interest, the equivalent being paid in its redemption value. Compare Zebra
adj
13. having no measurable quantity, magnitude, etc
14. (Physical Geography) meteorol
a. (of a cloud ceiling) limiting visibility to 15 metres (50 feet) or less
b. (of horizontal visibility) limited to 50 metres (165 feet) or less
vb, -roes, -roing or -roed
(General Physics) (tr) to adjust (an instrument, apparatus, etc) so as to read zero or a position taken as zero
determiner
informal chiefly US no (thing) at all: this job has zero interest.
[C17: from Italian, from Medieval Latin zephirum, from Arabic sifr empty, cipher]

ze•ro

(ˈzɪər oʊ)

n., pl. -ros, -roes, n.
1. the figure or symbol 0, which in the Arabic notation for numbers stands for the absence of quantity; cipher.
2. an origin from which values are calibrated, as on a temperature scale.
3. a mathematical value intermediate between positive and negative values.
4. naught; nothing.
5. the lowest point or degree.
6. the absence of a linguistic element, as a morpheme, in a position in which one previously existed or might by analogy be expected to exist.
7. a sight setting on a firearm or artillery piece for striking the center of a target at any particular range.
8. Math.
a. the identity element of a group in which the operation is addition.
b. an argument at which the value of a function vanishes.
v.t.
9. to adjust (an instrument or apparatus) to a zero point or to an arbitrary reading from which other readings are to be measured.
10. zero in, to aim (a rifle, etc.) at the precise center or range of a target.
11. zero in on,
a. to aim directly at (a target).
b. to direct one's attention to; focus on.
c. to converge on; close in on.
d. zero out.
e. to reduce to zero.
f. to eliminate (a program, department, or the like) by cutting its funding.
adj.
12. amounting to zero.
13. having no measurable quantity or magnitude; not any: zero economic growth.
14. of or designating a hypothetical morphological element that is posited as existing by analogy with some regular pattern in a language but has no physical realization: Deer has a zero plural.
15. Meteorol.
a. (of an atmospheric ceiling) pertaining to or limiting vertical visibility to 50 ft. (15.2 m) or less.
b. of, pertaining to, or limiting horizontal visibility to 165 ft. (50.3 m) or less.
[1595–1605; < Italian < Medieval Latin zephirum < Arabic ṣifr cipher]

ze·ro

(zîr′ō)
The numerical symbol 0, representing a number that when added to another number leaves the original number unchanged.
Did You Know? Zero is not nothing! It is a number that stands for nothing, and this is an important distinction. In many ways, zero is the most important of all numbers. When zero is added to or subtracted from a number, it leaves the number at its original value. Zero thus makes negative numbers possible. A negative number added to its positive counterpart always equals zero. Zero is also essential to representing many numbers, such as 203 and 1024. In these numbers zero serves as a placeholder in the system known as positional notation. Thus in 203, there are two hundreds, zero tens, and three ones. In other words, zero indicates that the value of the tens place is zero. In 1024, zero indicates that the value of the hundreds place is zero. When you think about it, if we didn't have zero, we wouldn't have hundreds, thousands, or millions in our number system.

zero

  • aught - Another word for "nothing, zero."
  • zero, cipher - Zero and cipher come from Arabic sifr, "nought, zero," from Sanskrit sunya, "empty."
  • lay an egg - The egg in "to lay an egg" refers to "zero."
  • googol - Coined when mathematician Edward Kasner asked his nephew to create a word for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.

zero


Past participle: zeroed
Gerund: zeroing

Imperative
zero
zero
Present
I zero
you zero
he/she/it zeroes
we zero
you zero
they zero
Preterite
I zeroed
you zeroed
he/she/it zeroed
we zeroed
you zeroed
they zeroed
Present Continuous
I am zeroing
you are zeroing
he/she/it is zeroing
we are zeroing
you are zeroing
they are zeroing
Present Perfect
I have zeroed
you have zeroed
he/she/it has zeroed
we have zeroed
you have zeroed
they have zeroed
Past Continuous
I was zeroing
you were zeroing
he/she/it was zeroing
we were zeroing
you were zeroing
they were zeroing
Past Perfect
I had zeroed
you had zeroed
he/she/it had zeroed
we had zeroed
you had zeroed
they had zeroed
Future
I will zero
you will zero
he/she/it will zero
we will zero
you will zero
they will zero
Future Perfect
I will have zeroed
you will have zeroed
he/she/it will have zeroed
we will have zeroed
you will have zeroed
they will have zeroed
Future Continuous
I will be zeroing
you will be zeroing
he/she/it will be zeroing
we will be zeroing
you will be zeroing
they will be zeroing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been zeroing
you have been zeroing
he/she/it has been zeroing
we have been zeroing
you have been zeroing
they have been zeroing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been zeroing
you will have been zeroing
he/she/it will have been zeroing
we will have been zeroing
you will have been zeroing
they will have been zeroing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been zeroing
you had been zeroing
he/she/it had been zeroing
we had been zeroing
you had been zeroing
they had been zeroing
Conditional
I would zero
you would zero
he/she/it would zero
we would zero
you would zero
they would zero
Past Conditional
I would have zeroed
you would have zeroed
he/she/it would have zeroed
we would have zeroed
you would have zeroed
they would have zeroed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zero - a quantity of no importancezero - 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"
relative quantity - a quantity relative to some purpose
nihil - (Latin) nil; nothing (as used by a sheriff after an unsuccessful effort to serve a writ); "nihil habet"
bugger all, Fanny Adams, fuck all, sweet Fanny Adams - little or nothing at all; "I asked for a raise and they gave me bugger-all"; "I know sweet Fanny Adams about surgery"
2.zero - a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same numberzero - a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number
digit, figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; "0 and 1 are digits"
3.zero - the point on a scale from which positive or negative numerical quantities can be measured
numerical quantity - a quantity expressed as a number
4.zero - the sight setting that will cause a projectile to hit the center of the target with no wind blowing
sight setting - the adjustment of a gunsight for elevation and windage on a particular range under favorable light conditions
Verb1.zero - adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value
adjust, correct, set - alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels"
2.zero - adjust (as by firing under test conditions) the zero of (a gun); "He zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards"
adjust, correct, set - alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels"
Adj.1.zero - indicating the absence of any or all units under considerationzero - indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration; "a zero score"
cardinal - being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order; "cardinal numbers"
2.zero - having no measurable or otherwise determinable value; "the goal is zero population growth"
no - quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns for indicating a complete or almost complete lack or zero quantity of; "we have no bananas"; "no eggs left and no money to buy any"; "have you no decency?"; "did it with no help"; "I'll get you there in no time"
3.zero - indicating an initial point or origin
ordinal - being or denoting a numerical order in a series; "ordinal numbers"; "held an ordinal rank of seventh"
4.zero - of or relating to the null set (a set with no members)

zero

noun
1. nought, nothing, nil, naught, cipher a scale ranging from zero to seven
2. zilch, nil, nothing, zip (U.S. slang), nada (U.S. informal), bugger all (slang), fuck all (taboo slang), sweet FA (informal), sweet Fanny Adams (informal) A man's sperm count drops to zero.
3. rock bottom, the bottom, an all-time low, a nadir, as low as you can get, the lowest point or ebb My spirits were at zero.
zero in on something
1. zoom in on, focus on, aim at, train on, home in on He raised the binoculars again and zeroed in on an eleventh-floor room.
2. focus on, concentrate on, home in on, pinpoint, converge on Critics have zeroed in on his weakness.

zero

noun
1. Informal. A totally insignificant person:
Informal: pip-squeak.
Slang: shrimp, zilch.
2. Informal. No thing; not anything:
Slang: nix, zilch.
Archaic: aught.
phrasal verb
zero in
To move (a weapon or blow, for example) in the direction of someone or something:
Military: lay.
Translations
صِفْرصِفْرٌدَرَجَة صِفْر
нула
zero
nulanultá hodina
nulnulpunktaffyringingeningenting
nulo
null
nollanollakohtanollapistenollataei mitään
zérozéroternéant
शून्य
nulaništica
nullazérózérus
nol
núllí flugtak
startas
nullenulles stundastarts
zerozero à esquerdanadazerar
zero
nulanultá hodina
nič
нула
nollnollanollställe
ศูนย์
sıfır'0' sayısıbaşlangıç noktasıdonma noktası
зеро
số không

zero

[ˈzɪərəʊ]
A. N (zeros or zeroes (pl)) → cero m
absolute zerocero m absoluto
5o below zero5 grados bajo cero
B. CPD [altitude] → cero [interest, hope] → nulo
zero gravity Ngravedad f nula
zero growth Ncrecimiento m cero
zero hour Nhora f cero, hora f H
zero option Nopción f cero
zero rating Ntasa f cero
zero tolerance N a policy of zero toleranceuna política de mano dura (en el mantenimiento del orden público)
zero in on VI + PREP
1. (Mil) (= aim at) [+ target] → apuntar a; (= move in on) → dirigirse de cabeza a
2. (fig) (= identify) → identificar; (= concentrate on) → dirigir todos sus esfuerzos a
he raised the binoculars and zeroed in on an eleventh-floor roomelevó los prismáticos y los dirigió or enfocó hacia una habitación de la undécima planta
he zeroed in on those whoreservó sus críticas más acérrimas para los que ...
ZERO
Existen varias palabras que pueden usarse en lugar de zero según el contexto. Zero es el término más general en inglés americano, que se usa en la mayoría de los casos. En inglés británico se usa normalmente en matemáticas y ciencias para referirse a temperaturas u otras escalas de valores, como por ejemplo en las frases zero population growth (crecimiento de población cero), o zero inflation (índice de inflación cero).
Nought se usa en inglés británico para leer números decimales, como por ejemplo nought point nought seven: 0.07 (en inglés se usa el punto en vez de la coma como separador decimal) y en las calificaciones: nought out of ten (cero sobre diez).
O (pronunciado igual que la letra o) se usa en inglés británico en los números de teléfono: O one four one : 0141. También se usa en secuencias de dígitos que no representan cantidades numéricas, como por ejemplo en tarjetas de crédito o números de cuentas bancarias.
Nil se usa normalmente en el Reino Unido en los tanteos deportivos: Liverpool won five nil (Liverpool ganó cinco a cero).
Nothing es el equivalente americano de nil, aunque también se usa a veces en inglés británico.

zero

[ˈzɪərəʊ]
n
(= nought) → zéro m
(= temperature) → zéro m
5° below zero → 5 degrés en dessous de zéro, moins 5
adj [inflation, chances] → nul(le); [growth] → zéro; [assets] → aucun(e)
His chances are zero → Ses chances sont nulles., Il n'a aucune chance.
zero in on
vt fus
(= aim at) [+ target] → se diriger droit sur
(= give full attention to) [+ problem, subject, issue] → se concentrer surzero-emission [ˌzɪərəʊɪˈmɪʃən] adjà émission zérozero hour nl'heure f Hzero option n (POLITICS) the zero option → l'option f zérozero-rated [ˌzɪərəʊɪreɪtɪd] adj (British)exonéré(e) de TVAzero tolerance ntolérance f zéro
a policy of zero tolerance → une politique de tolérance zéro

zero

n pl <-(e)s>
(= figure)Null f; (= point on scale)Nullpunkt m; (Roulette) → Zero f; 15 degrees below zero15 Grad unter null; the needle is at or on zeroder Zeiger steht auf null; his chances were put at zeroman meinte, seine Aussichten seien gleich null; snow reduced visibility to near zeroes schneite so stark, dass die Sicht fast gleich null war
(fig: = nonentity) → Null f (inf)
adj at zero altitude (Aviat) → im Tiefflug; zero altitude flyingTiefflug m; zero degreesnull Grad; zero growthNullwachstum nt; he’s getting absolutely zero satisfaction from it (inf)das bringt ihm überhaupt nichts (inf); she showed zero interest in him (inf)sie zeigte sich nicht im Geringsten an ihm interessiert

zero

:
zero-emission
adjemissionsfrei; zero carNull-Emissions-Auto nt
zero gravity
nSchwerelosigkeit f; at zerounter Schwerelosigkeit
zero hour
n (Mil, fig) → die Stunde X
zero option
n (Pol) → Nulllösung f
zero-rated
adj (for VAT) → mehrwertsteuerfrei
zero rating
n (for VAT) → Befreiung fvon der Mehrwertsteuer
zero-sum game
nNullsummenspiel nt
zero tolerance
nNulltoleranz f
zero-tolerance
adjkompromisslos; zero policingPolizeiarbeit fnach dem Nulltoleranzprinzip

zero

[ˈzɪərəʊ]
1. nzero
5° below zero → sotto zero
2. adj (altitude, gravity) → zero inv (fam) (interest, hope) → nullo/a
zero in on vi + adv + prep (target) → essere puntato/a su; (problem, subject) → concentrarsi su

zero

(ˈziərəu) plural ˈzeros noun
1. nought; the number or figure 0. Three plus zero equals three; The figure 100 has two zeros in it.
2. the point on a scale (eg on a thermometer) which is taken as the standard on which measurements may be based. The temperature was 5 degrees above/below zero.
3. the exact time fixed for something to happen, eg an explosion, the launching of a spacecraft etc. It is now 3 minutes to zero.

zero

صِفْر, صِفْرٌ nula nul Null μηδέν cero, insignificancia, nonada nolla zéro ništica, nula zero nul null nic, zero zero ничто, ноль noll, nolla ศูนย์ sıfır số không
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes the thermometer would fall to ten or twenty degrees below zero at night, and in the morning the streets would be piled with snowdrifts up to the first-floor windows.
How odd to find that even this industry has its financial panics, and at times sees its assignats and greenbacks languish to zero, and everything come to a standstill.
The Alps and the glaciers together are able to take every bit of conceit out of a man and reduce his self-importance to zero if he will only remain within the influence of their sublime presence long enough to give it a fair and reasonable chance to do its work.
As to the temperature of the lower strata, the thermometer invariably indicated 4@ above zero.
Presently, when the million dial was at zero, I slackened speed.
I know, anyway, that I will not be put off with a compromise, with a recurring zero, simply because it is consistent with the laws of nature and actually exists.
The door closed, and the party were at once removed from an atmosphere that was nearly at zero, to one of sixty degrees above.
Why thirty-five times, when zero so often turns up?
Something to the tune of from zero to eighteen millions," replied the musketeer, gayly.
For nine months of the year there is only ice and snow, and gale after gale, with a cold that no one can realise who has never seen the thermometer even at zero.
Philosophy, astronomy, and politics were marked at zero, I remember.
Since the desperation of the night her activities had dropped to zero, and there was no further rashness to be feared.