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ZERO (zeroes)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does zero mean? 

ZERO (noun)
  The noun ZERO has 3 senses:

1. a quantity of no importance
2. a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number
3. the quantity that registers a reading of zero on a scale

  Familiarity information: ZERO used as a noun is uncommon.


ZERO (adjective)
  The adjective ZERO has 4 senses:

1. indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration
2. indicating an initial point or origin
3. of or relating to the null set (a set with no members)
4. having no measurable or otherwise determinable value

  Familiarity information: ZERO used as an adjective is uncommon.


ZERO (verb)
  The verb ZERO has 2 senses:

1. adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value
2. adjust (as by firing under test conditions) the zero of (a gun)

  Familiarity information: ZERO used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ZERO (noun)


Sense 1zero [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A quantity of no importance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

zippo; zip; zilch; zero; null; nothing; nix; nil; naught; nada; goose egg; aught; cypher; cipher

Context examples:

it looked like nothing I had ever seen before / reduced to nil all the work we had done / we racked up a pathetic goose egg / it was all for naught / I didn't hear zilch about it

Hypernyms ("zero" is a kind of...):

relative quantity (a quantity relative to some purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "zero"):

nihil ((Latin) nil; nothing (as used by a sheriff after an unsuccessful effort to serve a writ))

bugger all; Fanny Adams; fuck all; sweet Fanny Adams (little or nothing at all)


Sense 2zero [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

nought; cypher; 0; cipher; zero

Hypernyms ("zero" is a kind of...):

digit; figure (one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration)


Sense 3zero [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quantity that registers a reading of zero on a scale

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

zero point; zero

Hypernyms ("zero" is a kind of...):

numerical quantity (a quantity expressed as a number)


ZERO (adjective)


Sense 1zero [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration

Synonyms:

0; zero

Context example:

a zero score

Similar:

cardinal (being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order)


Sense 2zero [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Indicating an initial point or origin

Similar:

ordinal (being or denoting a numerical order in a series)


Sense 3zero [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the null set (a set with no members)

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

null set (a set that is empty; a set with no members)


Sense 4zero [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having no measurable or otherwise determinable value

Context example:

the goal is zero population growth

Similar:

no (quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns for indicating a complete or almost complete lack or zero quantity of)


ZERO (verb)


Sense 1zero [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "zero" is one way to...):

adjust; correct; set (alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2zero [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adjust (as by firing under test conditions) the zero of (a gun)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

zero; zero in

Context example:

He zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards

Hypernyms (to "zero" is one way to...):

adjust; correct; set (alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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