Visit the forum if you have a language query!

zero

Definition from Dictionary, a free dictionary
Love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken out.
Nick Richardson
Jump to: navigation, search
Wikipedia-logo-en.png
Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia
See also zéro

English

Etymology

From French zéro, from [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:Template:lang:it derivations]] zero, from Mediaeval Latin zephirum, from Arabic صفر (ṣifr), nothing, cipher).

Pronunciation

Cardinal number

zero

  1. (cardinal) The cardinal number occurring before one and that denotes no quantity or amount at all, represented in Arabic numerals as 0.
    The conductor waited until the passenger count was zero.
    A cheque for zero dollars and zero cents crashed the computers on division by zero.

Usage notes

In an adjectival sense, used with the plural of a countable noun:

I have zero dollars and zero food.

Synonyms

Related terms

Translations

Noun

Singular
zero

Plural
zeroes

zero (zeroes)
  1. The numeric symbol that represents the cardinal number zero.
    In unary and k-adic notation in general, zero is the empty string.
    Write 0.0 to indicate a floating point rather than the integer zero.
    The zero sign in American Sign Language is considered rude in some cultures.
  2. The digit 0 in the decimal, binary, and all other base numbering systems.
    One million has six zeros.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Nothing; nought; an amount or degree that is for practical purposes irrelevant.
    The shipment was lost, so they had zero in stock.
    He knows zero about humor.
    In the end, all our hard work amounted to zero.
  4. A zero value of a magnitude.
    The electromagnetic field does not drop all the way to zero before a reversal.
  5. A point on a scale at which numbering or measurement originates.
    The temperature outside is ten degrees below zero.
  6. (mathematics) A value of a function’s independent variables for which the function is equal to zero.
    The zeros of a polynomial are its roots by the fundamental theorem of algebra.
    The derivative of a continuous, differentiable function that twice crosses the axis must have a zero.
    The nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function may all lie on the critical line.
  7. (mathematics) The additive identity element of a monoid or greater algebraic structure, particularly a group or ring.
    Since a commutative zero is the inverse of any additive identity, it must be unique when it exists.
    The quotient ring over a maximal ideal is a field with a single zero element.
  8. (slang) A person of little or no importance.
    They rudely treated him like a zero.
  9. (military) A plane flown by a Japanese kamikaze in WWII.
  10. A setting of calibrated instruments such as a firearm.
  11. (finance) A security which has a zero coupon (paying no periodic interest).
    The takeovers were financed by issuing zeros.

Synonyms

Translations

Derived terms

Adjective

zero (not comparable)

Positive
zero

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (informal) For all practical purposes irrelevant. Usage: zero + noun.
    She showed zero respect.
  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.
    The stem of "kobieta" with the zero ending is "kobiet".

Synonyms

  • (informal: for all practical purposes irrelevant): no

Translations

Derived terms

Verb

Infinitive
to zero

Third person singular
zero

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to zero (third-person singular simple present zero, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To set a measuring instrument to zero; to calibrate instrument scale to valid zero.
    Zero the fluorometer with the same solvent used in extraction.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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.
  3. (transitive) To cause or set some value or amount to be zero.
    They tried to zero the budget by the end of the quarter.
  4. (transitive) To eliminate; to delete; to overwrite with zeros.
    • 2001, Mark Pesce, "True Magic", in True Names by Vernor Vinge and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier, James Frenkel (editor)
      They discovered the object code for the simulator that was DON, and zeroed it. DON — or his creator — was clever and had planted many copies,
    • 2004, Anna Maxted, Being Committed, page 358
      If I zeroed Jack, I'd get by So I'd erased him, pretended the last few months had never happened.
  5. (intransitive) To disappear
    • 1997, Tom Clancy, Executive Orders, page 340
      Traffic on the encrypted channels used by senior Iraqi generals had peaked and zeroed, then peaked again, and zeroed again.

Synonyms

Translations

Derived terms


Catalan

Noun

zero m.

  1. zero

Derived terms

  • ser un zero a l’esquerra (to be a zero on left side) = to have no value, to be worthless (used for people)

Italian

Template:lang:it cardinal numbers
  0 [[uno#Template:lang:it|1   > ]]
    Cardinal : zero
    Ordinal : [[zeresimo#Template:lang:it|zeresimo]]

Adjective

zero m. and f. inv.

  1. zero

Noun

zero m. (plural zeri)

  1. zero
  2. nil (football)

Derived terms

See also


Japanese

Romaji

zero

  1. ゼロ: zero, cipher, naught, nothing

Kurdish

Etymology

Compounded from zer + .

Noun

zero m.

  1. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) yellow [Clarification of this translation from Kurdish is requested]
  2. blond (male person)

See also


Portuguese

Portuguese cardinal numbers
  0 1   > 
    Cardinal : zero

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA: /ˈzɛru/

Cardinal number

zero

  1. (cardinal) zero.

Noun

zero m.

  1. Zero. [Clarification of this translation from Portuguese is requested]

Romanian

Etymology

French zéro

Cardinal number

zero

  1. (cardinal) zero

Elsewhere on the web

En-En

En-It

En-Fr

En-El

En-Sp

En-Mul

En-De

OnelookIATEIATEIATEIATEProZDict.cc
WordnikIATELinguee
GoogleIATE