(noun, adjective, verb, numeral)


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

- a zero score

Similar word(s): cardinal

2. having no measurable or otherwise determinable value

- the goal is zero population growth

Similar word(s): no

3. indicating an initial point or origin

Similar word(s): ordinal

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

Sentences with zero as an adjective:

- She showed zero respect.

- The stem of "kobieta" with the zero ending is "kobiet".


1. a quantity of no importance

Similar word(s): aught, cipher, cypher, nada, naught, nil, nix, nothing, null, zilch, zip, zippo

Definition categories: quantity

2. a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number

Similar word(s): cipher, cypher, nought

Definition categories: quantity, digit, figure

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

Definition categories: thought

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

Definition categories: man–made

Sentences with zero as a noun:

- In unary and k-adic notation in general, zero is the empty string.

- Write 0.0 to indicate a floating point number rather than the integer zero.

- The zero sign in American Sign Language is considered rude in some cultures.

- One million has six zeroes.

- The shipment was lost, so they had zero in stock.

- He knows zero about humour.

- In the end, all of our hard work amounted to zero.

- The electromagnetic field does not drop all of the way to zero before a reversal.

- The temperature outside is ten degrees below zero.

- The zeroes of a polynomial are its roots by the fundamental theorem of algebra.

- The derivative of a continuous, differentiable function that twice crosses the axis must have a zero.

- The nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function may all lie on the critical line.

- Since a commutative zero is the inverse of any additive identity, it must be unique when it exists.

- The zero (of a ring or field) has the property that the product of the zero with any element yields the zero.

- The quotient ring over a maximal ideal is a field with a single zero element.

- They rudely treated him like a zero.

- The takeovers were financed by issuing zeroes.


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

- The conductor waited until the passenger count was zero.

- A cheque for zero dollars and zero cents crashed the computers on division by zero.


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

Definition categories: change, adjust, correct, set

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

- He zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards

Definition categories: change, adjust, correct, set

Sentences with zero as a verb:

- Zero the fluorometer with the same solvent used in extraction.

- Results were inconsistent because an array wasn’t zeroed during initialization.

- They tried to zero the budget by the end of the quarter.