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English adjective: zero

1. zero indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration

SamplesA zero score.




2. zero having no measurable or otherwise determinable value

SamplesThe goal is zero population growth.


Antonymsall, some

3. zero indicating an initial point or origin



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

English noun: zero

1. zero (quantity) a quantity of no importance

SamplesIt 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.

Synonymsaught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, nada, naught, nil, nix, nothing, null, zilch, zip, zippo

Broader (hypernym)relative quantity

Narrower (hyponym)bugger all, Fanny Adams, fuck all, nihil, sweet Fanny Adams

2. zero (quantity) a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number

Synonyms0, cipher, cypher, nought

Broader (hypernym)digit, figure

3. zero (cognition) the point on a scale from which positive or negative numerical quantities can be measured

Synonymszero point

Broader (hypernym)numerical quantity

4. zero (artifact) the sight setting that will cause a projectile to hit the center of the target with no wind blowing

Broader (hypernym)sight setting

English verb: zero

1. zero (change) adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)adjust, correct, set

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

SamplesHe zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards.

Synonymszero in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)adjust, correct, set

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