synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of zero in English

English Online Dictionary. What means zero‎? What does zero mean?

  • Zero, ZERO

Borrowed from English zero.

  • IPA(key): [ˈziro], [ˈziˈro]


  1. (international standards) NATO & ICAO radiotelephony clear code (spelling-alphabet name) for the digit 0.
    Synonym: nadazero (ITU/IMO)

From French zéro, from Italian zero, from Medieval Latin zephirum, from Arabic صِفْر (ṣifr, nothing, cipher), itself calqued from Sanskrit शून्य (śūnya, void, nothingness). Doublet of cipher and chiffre.

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈzɪə.ɹəʊ/
  • (General American) enPR: zîrʹō('), zēʹrō('), IPA(key): /ˈzɪɹ(ˌ)oʊ/, /ˈzi(ˌ)ɹoʊ/
  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈzɪə.ɹəʉ/
  • (New Zealand) IPA(key): /ˈzɪə.ɹaʉ/
  • Hyphenation: ze‧ro
  • Rhymes: -ɪəɹəʊ, -iːɹəʊ


  1. The cardinal number occurring before one and that denotes no quantity or amount at all, represented in Arabic numerals as 0.
  • In an adjectival sense, used with the plural of a countable noun or with an uncountable noun:
    I have zero dollars and zero food.
  • Tokelauan: helo
  • Table of cardinal numbers 0 to 9 in various languages

zero (countable and uncountable, plural zeros or zeroes)

  1. The numeric symbol that represents the cardinal number zero.
  2. The digit 0 in the decimal, binary, and all other base numbering systems.
  3. (informal, uncountable) Nothing, or none.
  4. The value of a magnitude corresponding to the cardinal number zero.
  5. The point on a scale at which numbering or measurement originates.
  6. (mathematics) A value of the independent variables of a function, for which the function is equal to zero.
  7. (mathematics, algebra) The additive identity element of a monoid or greater algebraic structure, particularly a group or ring.
  8. (slang) A person of little or no importance.
  9. (military, usually capitalized) A Mitsubishi A6M Zero, a long range fighter aircraft operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940 to 1945.
  10. A setting of calibrated instruments such as a firearm, corresponding to a zero value.
  11. (finance) A security which has a zero coupon (paying no periodic interest).
  • (numeric symbol zero): cipher
  • (digit zero): slashed zero
  • (point of origin on a scale): origin, zero point
  • (lowest point): nadir
  • (negligible or irrelevant amount): naught, nil, nothing, nought, nowt, null, (informal) bugger all, (informal) fuck all, nada, sod all, sweet FA, sweet Fanny Adams, zilch, zip
  • (person of little importance): cipher, nobody, nonentity
  • (value of a function’s variables at zero): root
  • (identity element of a monoid): additive identity
  • (antonym(s) of value of a function's variables at zero): pole
  • (value of a function's variables at zero): kernel


  1. Synonym of no.

zero (not comparable)

  1. (meteorology) Of a cloud ceiling, limiting vision to 50 feet (15 meters) or less.
  2. (meteorology) Of horizontal visibility, limited to 165 feet (50.3 meters) or less.
  3. (linguistics) Present at an abstract level, but not realized in the surface form.
  • (informal: virtually none): no
  • zero growth
  • zero tolerance

zero (third-person singular simple present zeroes or zeros, present participle zeroing, simple past and past participle zeroed)

  1. (transitive) To set some amount to be zero.
  2. To disappear or make something disappear.
  3. To adjust until the variance is reduced to an acceptably low amount.
  • (to set to zero): tare
  • (to cause to be zero): zero out
  • zero in
  • zero in on
  • zero out

From Spanish cero, from Medieval Latin zephirum, ultimately from Arabic صِفْر (ṣifr, zero, nothing, empty, void).

  • Rhymes: -eɾo
  • Hyphenation: ze‧ro


  1. zero
    Synonym: huts
  • “zero”, in Euskaltzaindiaren Hiztegia [Dictionary of the Basque Academy], Euskaltzaindia
  • “zero”, in Orotariko Euskal Hiztegia [General Basque Dictionary], Euskaltzaindia, 1987–2005

From Italian zero, from Medieval Latin zephirum, from Arabic صِفْر (ṣifr, nothing, cipher).

  • IPA(key): (Central) [ˈzɛ.ɾu]
  • IPA(key): (Balearic, Valencia) [ˈzɛ.ɾo]

zero m or f

  1. (cardinal number) zero
  2. (metrology) zero; origin point of a scale
  • hora zero
  • zero a l’esquerra
  • zero absolut

zero m (plural zeros)

  1. zero

Borrowed from English zeroFrench zéroItalian zeroSpanish cero.

  • IPA(key): /ˈ


  1. (temperature) zero
  2. (arithmetic) cipher, nought

zero (first-person possessive zeroku, second-person possessive zeromu, third-person possessive zeronya)

  1. zero


  1. zero

From New Latin zerum, from Medieval Latin zephirum, from Arabic صِفْر (ṣifr, nothing”, “cipher). Doublet of cifra.

  • IPA(key): */ˈd͡zɛ.ro/
  • Rhymes: -ɛro
  • Hyphenation: zè‧ro

zero (invariable)

  1. zero

zero m (plural zeri)

  1. zero
  2. nil (football)
  • a zero
  • zero assoluto
  • zero spaccato
  • zero zero sette
  • l'ora zero


  1. Rōmaji transcription of ゼロ


  1. dative/ablative singular of zerum

zer +‎ -o

zero m

  1. blond (male person)
  • zerê

Borrowed from French zéro. First attested in 1781. Doublet of cyfra and szyfr.

  • IPA(key): /ˈzɛ.rɔ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛrɔ
  • Syllabification: ze‧ro

zero n (related adjective zerowy)

  1. zero (numeric symbol that represents the cardinal number zero)
  2. zero (point on a scale at which numbering or measurement originates)
  3. zero (nothing, or none; lack of something)
  4. (derogatory) zero (person of little or no importance)

According to Słownik frekwencyjny polszczyzny współczesnej (1990), zero is one of the most used words in Polish, appearing 25 times in scientific texts, 43 times in news, 0 times in essays, 3 times in fiction, and 5 times in plays, each out of a corpus of 100,000 words, totaling 76 times, making it the 854th most common word in a corpus of 500,000 words.

  • zero in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • zero in Polish dictionaries at PWN
  • Aleksander Zdanowicz (1861) “zero”, in Słownik języka polskiego, Wilno 1861
  • J. Karłowicz, A. Kryński, W. Niedźwiedzki, editors (1927), “zero”, in Słownik języka polskiego (in Polish), volume 8, Warsaw, page 446
  • zero in Narodowy Fotokorpus Języka Polskiego

  • Rhymes: -ɛɾu
  • Hyphenation: ze‧ro

Borrowed from French zéro, from Italian zero, from Medieval Latin zephirum, from Arabic صِفْر (ṣifr, nothing, cipher). Doublet of cifra.

zero m or f

  1. zero
    Synonym: (equivalent pronoun) nenhum

Takes the plural.

zero m (plural zeros)

  1. zero (name of the digit 0)
  2. zero (worthless person)
  3. nothing
  4. (mathematics) zero (value of a function’s independent variables when the value of the function is zero)
    Synonym: raiz


  1. first-person singular present indicative of zerar

Borrowed from French zéro.

  • IPA(key): /ˈ
  • Hyphenation: ze‧ro


  1. zero

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