- the identity element of a group in which the operation is addition.
- (of a function, especially of a function of a complex variable) a point at which a given function, usually a function of a complex variable, has the value zero; a root.
- (of an atmospheric ceiling) pertaining to or limiting vertical visibility to 50 feet (15.2 meters) or less.
- of, relating to, or limiting horizontal visibility to 165 feet (50.3 meters) or less.
- to aim directly at (a target).
- to direct one's attention to; focus on; concentrate on.
- to converge on; close in on.
Origin of zero
Words nearby zero
How to use zero in a sentence
The hospital effectively ended the legal proceedings by filing thousands of notices with Shelby County General Sessions Court stating that the defendants’ balances were now zero.What Happens After a Debt Collection Machine Grinds to a Halt|by Wendi C. Thomas, MLK50: Justice Through Journalism|October 2, 2020|ProPublica
“What I’m focused on is ensuring we’re picking the right areas of enterprise to focus on,” she said, citing training, remote assist, and 3D visualization as the three primary use cases the company is zeroing in on.Magic Leap’s Peggy Johnson: Becoming CEO of a pivoting business doesn’t mean jumping off the ‘glass cliff’|lbelanger225|October 1, 2020|Fortune
The plaintiffs in Texas, which include 18 states with Republican governors or attorneys general, claim this zeroed-out mandate is unconstitutional.7 big cases the Supreme Court will hear in its new term, explained|Ian Millhiser|October 1, 2020|Vox
You’ve got to connect with those people who are at ground zero and know what they’re saying is really happening.Erin Brockovich has given up on the federal government saving the environment|Nicole Goodkind|September 25, 2020|Fortune
“The industry dynamics have changed,” said Antonios Drossos, a Finland-based telecoms consultant whose firm Rewheel has analyzed EU zero-rating offers over recent years.The EU’s top court just closed a major loophole in Europe’s net-neutrality rules|David Meyer|September 15, 2020|Fortune
Not quite, but at one point the temperature registered 29 below zero, with 21 inches of snow.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’|Jennie Yabroff|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The longer someone stays well, the lower their chance of relapsing, although that possibility never becomes zero.
Is it True that “Gays vs. Traditionalists are a Zero-Sum Game”?Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Islamic State brought “peace, autonomy, zero corruption, low crime-rate,” he Tweeted last month.
During the recession net immigration to the U.S. from Mexico fell to zero or less.
But the day he planned to start was very cold—the mercury stood twenty-seven below zero.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Of course, at roulette, some number or zero itself is bound to come up every time, but number twenty-seven was invariably unlucky.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume III (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The words whispered in the pastry-cook's ear cooled his hot fit of courage down to zero.An Episode Under the Terror|Honore de Balzac
At last, one evening, he walked up to a table and said to the croupier, "When was zero up last?"You Never Know Your Luck, Complete|Gilbert Parker
One day last week, when the mercury was sulking at zero, three lambs arrived on the place.The Red Cow and Her Friends|Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for zero
- 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
- the cardinal number of a set with no members
- the identity element of addition
- an allomorph with no phonetic realization, as the plural marker of English sheep
- (as modifier)a zero form
- (of a cloud ceiling) limiting visibility to 15 metres (50 feet) or less
- (of horizontal visibility) limited to 50 metres (165 feet) or less
Word Origin for zero
Scientific definitions for zero
A Closer Look
Although the origin of zero is controversial, some historians believe that it was invented by the Babylonians in about 500 BCE. In the sixth century, it was discovered by the Hindus and Chinese, and 700 years later, it reached the Western world via the Arabs. Zero is the only integer (whole number) that is neither positive nor negative. In a sense, zero makes negative numbers possible, as a negative number added to its positive counterpart always equals zero. When zero is added to or subtracted from a number, it leaves the number at its original value. Zero is essential as a position holder in the system known as positional notation. In the number 203, for example, there are two hundreds, zero tens, and three ones. Zero indicates that the value of the tens place is zero. In the number 1024, zero indicates that the value of the hundreds place is zero. Scientists use the term absolute zero (0° Kelvin) to refer to the (unattainable) theoretically lowest possible temperature, at which the kinetic energy of molecules is zero.