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Definition of the noun zero

What does zero mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: zeros / zeroes (less preferred form)

  1. a quantity of no importance
  2. a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonyms of zero: 0 / cipher / cypher / nought
    • more generic words: digit / figure = one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration
  3. the point on a scale from which positive or negative numerical quantities can be measured
  4. the sight setting that will cause a projectile to hit the center of the target with no wind blowing
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: sight setting = the adjustment of a gunsight for elevation and windage on a particular range under favorable light conditions

Alternative definition of the noun zero


  1. The numeric symbol that represents the cardinal number zero.
  2. The digit 0 in the decimal, binary, and all other base numbering systems.
  3. [informal, uncountable] Nothing, or none.
  4. The value of a magnitude corresponding to the cardinal number zero.
  5. The point on a scale at which numbering or measurement originates.
  6. [mathematics] A value of the independent variables of a function, for which the function is equal to zero.
  7. [mathematics] The additive identity element of a monoid or greater algebraic structure, particularly a group or ring.
  8. [slang] A person of little or no importance.
  9. [military] A Mitsubishi A6M Zero, a long range fighter aircraft operated by the Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940 to 1945.
  10. A setting of calibrated instruments such as a firearm.
  11. [finance] A security which has a zero coupon (paying no periodic interest).

Definition of the adjective zero

What does zero mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more zero / most zero

  1. indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration
    • example: a zero score
    • synonym of zero: 0
    • similar: cardinal
  2. having no measurable or otherwise determinable value
    • example: the goal is zero population growth
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: no
  3. indicating an initial point or origin
  4. of or relating to the null set (a set with no members)

Alternative definition of the adjective zero


  1. [informal, used with noun] Virtually none.
    • synonym: no
  2. [meteorology] Of a cloud ceiling, limiting vision to 50 feet (15 meters) or less.
  3. [meteorology] Of horizontal visibility, limited to 165 feet (50.3 meters) or less.
  4. [linguistics] Present at an abstract level, but not realized in the data.

Definition of the verb zero

What does zero mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: zeroed | zeroing | zeros / zeroes (less preferred form)

  1. adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: adjust / correct / set = alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
  2. adjust (as by firing under test conditions) the zero of (a gun)
    • example: He zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of zero: zero in
    • more generic words: adjust / correct / set = alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

Alternative definition of the verb zero


  1. [transitive] To set a measuring instrument to zero; to calibrate instrument scale to valid zero.
  2. [transitive, computing] To change a memory location or range to values of zero; to set a variable in a computer program to zero.
  3. [transitive] To cause or set some value or amount to be zero.
  4. [transitive] To eliminate; to delete; to overwrite with zeros.
  5. [intransitive] To disappear

Other definitions of zero

What does zero also mean?


  1. [cardinal] The cardinal number occurring before one and that denotes no quantity or amount at all, represented in Arabic numerals as 0.


  1. Zero a.k.a. Zero Mostel: Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel was an American actor and comedian of stage and screen, best known for his portrayal of comic characters such as Tevye on stage in Fiddler on the Roof, Pseudolus on stage and on screen in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Max Bialystock in the original film version of The Producers. Mostel was a student of Don Richardson, using an acting technique based on muscle memory. He was blacklisted during the 1950s, and his testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities was well-publicized. He was an Obie Award and three-time Tony Award winner.
  2. Zero a.k.a. Robert Broberg: Robert Zero Karl Oskar Broberg is a Swedish singer, composer and artist.
  3. Zero a.k.a. Dan Deluca is an actor, screenwriter and film producer.
  4. Zero is a burlesque performance artist and actress.

There are other people with in their name, like Sub Zero, Sub-Zero, sub/zero, Zero One, Belo Zero, João Zero, Karl Zero, Twin Zero, Zero Cash and many others.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Zero

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Google previewDictionary of Acronyms and Technical Abbreviations (2012)

for IT, Industrial, and Scientific Applications by Jakob Vlietstra


Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1998)

Volume 65 -- Waste: Nuclear Reprocessing and Treatment Technologies to Wastewater Treatment: Multilateral Approach by John J. McKetta Jr

Zero discharge means that no water effluent stream will be discharged from the processing site. All wastewater, after secondary or tertiary treatment, is converted to a solid waste by evaporation processes, such as brine concentration, followed ...

Google previewDictionary Of Sociology

by Subberwal

Zero Population Growth Zero population growth refers to a population that is neither growing nor shrinking but is stable.

Google previewAbbreviations Dictionary, Tenth Edition (2001)

by Dean A. Stahl, Karen Landen

zero; zinc; zone z (Z) zloty (Polish currency unit) z zu ...

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Criminology (2012)

by Eugene McLaughlin, John Muncie

Definition Zero tolerance policing is a high profile, proactive, maximum- enforcement street policing strategy that requires police officers to pursue even the most minor offences with the same vigour as they would adopt with more serious forms ...

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Video language resources about Zero

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Sign language

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Quotes about Zero

The great appeal of the doctrine that the mind is a blank slate is the simple mathematical fact that zero equals zero. (Steven Pinker)
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Scrabble value of Z10E1R1O1

The value of this 4-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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