[ US /ˈziɹoʊ, ˈzɪɹoʊ/ ]
[ UK /zˈi‍əɹə‍ʊ/ ]
  1. a quantity of no importance
    we racked up a pathetic goose egg
    reduced to nil all the work we had done
    I didn't hear zilch about it
    it was all for naught
    it looked like nothing I had ever seen before
  2. a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number
  3. the point on a scale from which positive or negative numerical quantities can be measured
  4. the sight setting that will cause a projectile to hit the center of the target with no wind blowing
  1. having no measurable or otherwise determinable value
    the goal is zero population growth
  2. indicating an initial point or origin
  3. indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration
    a zero score
  4. of or relating to the null set (a set with no members)
  1. adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value
  2. adjust (as by firing under test conditions) the zero of (a gun)
    He zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards
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How To Use zero In A Sentence

  • Many people striving to get through the next fortnight of seemingly ceaseless spending may be tempted to spread the cost with a zero per cent credit card. Times, Sunday Times
  • Diplomatic negotiations often aim at a zero-sum game.
  • I have rated them on a scale of zero to four stars.
  • Some workers on zero-hours contracts are happy with them. Times, Sunday Times
  • First, the oxidation state of any atom in an uncombined element is equal to zero.
  • Therefore, credit spreads tend to zero for the short-term debt of a solvent firm.
  • Marx said that the commodity exchange process thrilling leap from zero to include asset to the propertied people from the process is also facing such thrilling leap.
  • Puffas/ subzero parkas are fine if you're sitting around doing nothing. Times, Sunday Times
  • Above all, she has the confidence to slow the narrative tempo down almost to zero: a condition of stasis in which the moment is held, like a musical note, for as long as she wishes it.
  • Finding a station that pumps CNG can be a chore, especially when the gauge reads zero pressure!
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