Meaning of ZERO in English

ZERO

/ ˈzɪərəʊ; NAmE ˈzɪroʊ; ˈziː-/ number , verb

■ number

1.

( pl. zeros ) ( BrE also nought ) 0 :

Five, four, three, two, zero ... We have lift-off.

2.

a temperature, pressure, etc. that is equal to zero on a scale :

It was ten degrees below zero last night (= −10°C) .

The thermometer had fallen to zero.

3.

the lowest possible amount or level; nothing at all :

I rated my chances as zero.

zero inflation

■ verb

( zer·oes , zero·ing , zer·oed , zer·oed ) [ vn ] to turn an instrument, control, etc. to zero

PHRASAL VERBS

- zero in on sb/sth

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WORD ORIGIN

early 17th cent.: from French zéro or Italian zero , via Old Spanish from Arabic ṣifr cipher.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.