Meaning of ZERO in English


[ 'zɪərəʊ ]

■ cardinal number ( plural ~s ) the figure 0; nought; nothing.

↘a point on a scale or instrument from which a positive or negative quantity is reckoned.

↘a temperature of 0°C (32°F), marking the freezing point of water.

↘the lowest possible amount or level; nothing at all.

↘ informal a worthless or insignificant person.

■ verb ( ~es , ~ing , ~ed )

1》 adjust (an instrument) to ~.

2》 set the sights of (a gun) for firing.

↘( ~ in on ) take aim at or focus attention on.


C17: from Fr. zéro or Ital. ~ , via Old Sp. from Arab. ṛifr 'cipher'.

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