Meaning of ZERO in English


n. & v.

--n. (pl. -os)

1. a the figure 0; nought. b no quantity or number; nil.

2 a point on the scale of an instrument from which a positive or negative quantity is reckoned.

3 (attrib.) having a value of zero; no, not any (zero population growth).

4 (in full zero-hour) a the hour at which a planned, esp. military, operation is timed to begin. b a crucial moment.

5 the lowest point; a nullity or nonentity. (-oes, -oed)

1. adjust (an instrument etc.) to zero point.

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

Phrases and idioms:

zero in on 1 take aim at.

2 focus one's attention on. zero option a disarmament proposal for the total removal of certain types of weapons on both sides. zero-rated on which no value added tax is charged. zero-sum (of a game, political situation, etc.) in which whatever is gained by one side is lost by the other so that the net change is always zero.

Etymology: F z{eacute}ro or It. zero f. OSp. f. Arab. sifr CIPHER

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.