zeroth

[zeer-ohth]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. zero-rate,
  2. zero-rated,
  3. zero-sum,
  4. zero-sum game,
  5. zero-zero,
  6. zeroth law of thermodynamics,
  7. zerubbabel,
  8. zervan,
  9. zervanism,
  10. zest

Origin of zeroth

First recorded in 1895–1900; zero + -th1

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British Dictionary definitions for zeroth

zeroth

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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