without value, effect, consequence, or significance.
being or amounting to nothing; nil; lacking; nonexistent.
Mathematics. (of a set)
- of measure zero.
being or amounting to zero.
Electronics. a point of minimum signal reception, as on a radio direction finder or other electronic meter.
verb (used with object)
to cancel; make null.
null and void, without legal force or effect; not valid: This contract is null and void.
Origin of null
1555–65; < Latin nūllus, equivalent to n(e) not + ūllus any
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without legal force; invalid; (esp in the phrase null and void)
without value or consequence; useless
lacking distinction; characterlessa null expression
nonexistent; amounting to nothing
- quantitatively zero
- relating to zero
- (of a set) having no members
- (of a sequence) having zero as a limit
physics involving measurement in which an instrument has a zero reading, as with a Wheatstone bridge
Word Origin for null
C16: from Latin nullus none, from ne not + ullus any
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Of or relating to a set having no members or to zero magnitude.
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null and void
Canceled, invalid, as in The lease is now null and void. This phrase is actually redundant, since null means “void,” that is, “ineffective.” It was first recorded in 1669.
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