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Meaning & Definition of Zero in English

English

Zero

/zɪroʊ/

noun

1. A quantity of no importance

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • nothing
  • ,
  • nil
  • ,
  • nix
  • ,
  • nada
  • ,
  • null
  • ,
  • aught
  • ,
  • cipher
  • ,
  • cypher
  • ,
  • goose egg
  • ,
  • naught
  • ,
  • zero
  • ,
  • zilch
  • ,
  • zip
  • ,
  • zippo

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

    synonym:
  • zero
  • ,
  • 0
  • ,
  • nought
  • ,
  • cipher
  • ,
  • cypher

3. The point on a scale from which positive or negative numerical quantities can be measured

    synonym:
  • zero
  • ,
  • zero point

4. The sight setting that will cause a projectile to hit the center of the target with no wind blowing

    synonym:
  • zero

verb

1. Adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value

    synonym:
  • zero

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

  • "He zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards"
    synonym:
  • zero
  • ,
  • zero in

adjective

1. Indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration

  • "A zero score"
    synonym:
  • zero
  • ,
  • 0

2. Having no measurable or otherwise determinable value

  • "The goal is zero population growth"
    synonym:
  • zero(a)

3. Indicating an initial point or origin

    synonym:
  • zero

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

    synonym:
  • zero

Examples of using

The derivative of a constant function is always zero.
Division by zero is a big no-no in mathematics.
He feels himself go from hero to zero whenever he's confronted with a beautiful woman.