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zeroth

[ zeer-ohth ]
/ ˈzɪər oʊθ /
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adjective

coming in a series before the first: the zeroth level of energy.

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Origin of zeroth

First recorded in 1895–1900; zero + -th1
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British Dictionary definitions for zeroth

zeroth
/ (ˈzɪərəʊð) /

adjective

denoting a term in a series that precedes the term otherwise regarded as the first term

Word Origin for zeroth

C20: from zero + -th ²
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