Meaning of ZERO in English



Pronunciation: ' z ē -( ˌ )r ō , ' zir-( ˌ ) ō

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural zeros also zeroes

Etymology: French or Italian; French zéro, from Italian zero, from Medieval Latin zephirum, from Arabic ș ifr

Date: 1598

1 a : the arithmetical symbol 0 or denoting the absence of all magnitude or quantity b : ADDITIVE IDENTITY specifically : the number between the set of all negative numbers and the set of all positive numbers c : a value of an independent variable that makes a function equal to zero <+2 and -2 are zero s of f(x)=x 2 -4>

2 ― see NUMBER table

3 a (1) : the point of departure in reckoning specifically : the point from which the graduation of a scale (as of a thermometer) begins (2) : the temperature represented by the zero mark on a thermometer b : the setting or adjustment of the sights of a firearm that causes it to shoot to point of aim at a desired range

4 : an insignificant person or thing : NONENTITY

5 a : a state of total absence or neutrality b : the lowest point : NADIR

6 : something arbitrarily or conveniently designated zero

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.