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

## Translingual

### Etymology

From English *zero*.

### Pronunciation

- IPA
^{(key)}: [ˈziro], [ˈziˈro]

### Noun

**zero**

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

### References

## English

### Etymology

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*.

### Pronunciation

- (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

### Numeral

**zero**

- The cardinal number occurring before one and that denotes no quantity or amount at all, represented in Arabic numerals as 0.

#### Usage notes

- In an adjectival sense, used with the plural of a countable noun or with an uncountable noun:
*I have***zero**dollars and**zero**food.

#### Synonyms

#### Derived terms

#### Descendants

- → Tokelauan: helo

#### Translations

#### See also

- Table of cardinal numbers 0 to 9 in various languages

### Noun

**zero** (*countable and uncountable*, *plural* **zeros** *or* **zeroes**)

- The numeric symbol that represents the cardinal number zero.
- The digit 0 in the decimal, binary, and all other base numbering systems.
- (informal, uncountable) Nothing, or none.
- The value of a magnitude corresponding to the cardinal number zero.
- The point on a scale at which numbering or measurement originates.
- (mathematics) A value of the independent variables of a function, for which the function is equal to zero.
- (mathematics, algebra) The additive identity element of a monoid or greater algebraic structure, particularly a group or ring.
- (slang) A person of little or no importance.
- (military) A Mitsubishi A6M Zero, a long range fighter aircraft operated by the Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940 to 1945.
- A setting of calibrated instruments such as a firearm, corresponding to a zero value.
- (finance) A security which has a zero coupon (paying no periodic interest).

#### Synonyms

- (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

#### Antonyms

- (value of a function's variables at zero): pole

#### Hyponyms

#### Holonyms

- (value of a function's variables at zero): kernel

#### Derived terms

#### Related terms

#### Translations

### Adjective

**zero** (*not comparable*)

- (informal) No, not any.
- (meteorology) Of a cloud ceiling, limiting vision to 50 feet (15 meters) or less.
- (meteorology) Of horizontal visibility, limited to 165 feet (50.3 meters) or less.
- (linguistics) Present at an abstract level, but not realized in the surface form.

#### Synonyms

- (informal: virtually none): no

#### Derived terms

- zero growth
- zero tolerance

#### Translations

### Verb

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

- (transitive) To set some amount to be zero.
- To disappear or make something disappear.

#### Synonyms

- (to set to zero): tare
- (to cause to be zero): zero out

#### Derived terms

- zero in
- zero in on
- zero out

#### Translations

## Basque

### Etymology

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

### Pronunciation

- IPA
^{(key)}: /s̻eɾo/, [s̻e̞.ɾo̞]

### Numeral

**zero**

- zero
- Synonym: huts

#### Declension

### Further reading

- "zero" in Euskaltzaindiaren Hiztegia [Dictionary of the Basque Academy], euskaltzaindia.eus
- “zero” in Orotariko Euskal Hiztegia [General Basque Dictionary], euskaltzaindia.eus

## Catalan

### Etymology

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

### Pronunciation

- (Balearic, Valencian) IPA
^{(key)}: /ˈzɛ.ɾo/ - (Central) IPA
^{(key)}: /ˈzɛ.ɾu/

### Numeral

**zero** m or f

- (cardinal number) zero
- (metrology) zero; origin point of a scale

#### Derived terms

- hora zero
- zero a l’esquerra
- zero absolut

### Noun

**zero** m (*plural* **zeros**)

- zero

## Ido

### Etymology

Borrowed from English *zero*, French *zéro*, Italian *zero*, Spanish *cero*.

### Pronunciation

- IPA
^{(key)}: /ˈze.ro/

### Numeral

**zero**

- (temperature) zero
- (arithmetic) cipher, nought

## Indonesian

### Noun

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

- zero

## Interlingua

### Numeral

**zero**

- zero

## Italian

### Etymology

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

### Pronunciation

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

### Numeral

**zero** (*invariable*)

- zero

### Noun

**zero** m (*plural* **zeri**)

- zero
- nil (football)

#### Derived terms

- a zero
- zero assoluto
- zero spaccato
- zero zero sette
- l'ora zero

## Japanese

### Romanization

**zero**

- Rōmaji transcription of
*ゼロ*

## Latin

### Noun

**zerō**

- dative/ablative singular of
*zerum*

## Northern Kurdish

### Etymology

*zer* + *-o*

### Noun

**zero** m

- blond (male person)

### See also

- zerê

## Polish

### Etymology

Borrowed from French *zéro*, from Italian *zero*, from *zefiro*, from Medieval Latin *zephirum*, from Arabic *صِفْر* (ṣifr, “nothing, cipher”). Doublet of *cyfra* and *szyfr*.

### Pronunciation

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

### Numeral

**zero** n

- zero

#### Declension

#### Coordinate terms

#### Derived terms

### Further reading

- zero in
*Wielki słownik języka polskiego*, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN - zero in Polish dictionaries at PWN

## Portuguese

### Pronunciation

- Rhymes: -ɛɾu
- Hyphenation: ze‧ro

### Etymology 1

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

#### Numeral

**zero** m or f

- zero
- Synonym: (equivalent pronoun) nenhum

##### Usage notes

Takes the plural.

#### Noun

**zero** m (*plural* **zeros**)

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

##### Derived terms

### Etymology 2

#### Verb

**zero**

- first-person singular present indicative of
*zerar*

## Romanian

### Etymology

Borrowed from French *zéro*.

### Pronunciation

- IPA
^{(key)}: /ˈze.ro/ - Hyphenation:
**ze**‧ro

### Numeral

**zero**

- zero