Adjective "zero" definition and examples

(Zero may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈzɪərəʊ/

Definitions and examples

cardinal number

No quantity or number; nought; the figure 0.
  1. 'you've left off a zero—it should be five hundred million'
  2. 'It was quite a feat to hold the Cardinals to zero runs in 27 innings.'
  3. 'Generally speaking, the closer the figure is to zero, the more closely the fund replicates the index.'
  4. 'Overall, the total number of criterion satisfied averaged 4.18 but ranged from zero to nine.'
  5. 'He may not understand how to add or subtract zero as a quantity, she added.'
  6. 'The Federal Reserve can cut short-term interest rates down to zero, but that won't make consumers feel safer about flying.'
  7. 'The second clock was numbered zero through nine, and the smallest one, the one in the middle was the same, zero through nine.'
  8. 'Expect a top speed of over 120 mph, and to travel from zero to 60 mph in just over nine seconds.'
  9. 'Contemporaries in the media gave their own ballpark figures, each adding a zero to the figure I already had.'
  10. 'The vote has been re-opened with the figures reset to zero.'
  11. 'Participants select six numbers between zero and nine to take part in the lottery, which runs from Monday to Friday.'
  12. as modifier 'a zero rate of interest'
  13. 'U.S. News has our diversity index at 0.27 on a scale of zero to 1.0.'
  14. 'The temperature is well below zero, puddles of water are frozen, and a white frost has formed over the graffiti painted on the ancient bus parked by the roadside.'
  15. 'Even radiation will have settled down into the rightly so - called background radiation corresponding to nearly zero temperature.'
  16. 'They can stand temperatures of 35F below zero and their normal life span is two years.'
  17. 'With temperatures plummeting to below zero over the last week, British Waterways staff are worried children especially are putting themselves at risk by playing on the thin ice.'
  18. 'The desert terrain is difficult with summer temperatures soaring to 40 degrees Celsius and above, while by mid-October, the temperatures are below zero.'
  19. 'Roads and footpaths became skating rinks yesterday as temperatures dipped below zero - again.'
  20. 'Since father-of-two Richard started the project at the beginning of the year, he has been working through the rain and temperatures dipping below zero.'
  21. 'With temperatures below zero and icy roads many people were unable to get into the village for supplies of candles, batteries for torches etc.'
  22. 'With an average temperature of 60 degrees below zero, any water near the surface of Mars would freeze solid.'
  23. 'She said that with all the people dancing and singing she didn't feel cold at all, even though she thought the temperature was definitely below zero.'
  24. 'the zero plural in ‘three sheep’'
  25. 'She was sick of people feeling sorry for her because her confidence level was zero.'
  26. 'McClintock's chances had been zero, now they are greater.'
  27. 'Of the 12 original Barcelona partners, Cyprus and Malta are inside the EU and Turkey is in the waiting room, but the rest have zero chance of joining.'
  28. 'You will see how my anxiety level went from zero to a million over the span of an hour.'
  29. 'I think that our economic plan has zero chance of working.'

verb

Adjust (an instrument) to zero.
  1. 'Pressure transducers were zeroed when each patient was admitted to the study per the manufacturer's instructions.'
  2. 'Once it was zeroed the point of impact remained constant.'
Set the sights of (a gun) for firing.
  1. 'Once the sight is zeroed for your rifle and load, it returns to zero repeatedly.'
  2. 'Once barrels have a sight installed and have been zeroed, they can be interchanged.'
  3. 'Thirty yards is a reasonably good range for testing and zeroing a hunting air gun.'
  4. 'As I zeroed the rifle at 100 yards, I was hoping for groups of less than 3 inches.'
  5. 'Both units mount and dismount easily, and I had no problems zeroing either optic.'
  6. 'It took longer to zero the sight than it did to install the mount.'
  7. 'Once all weapons were neutral zeroed, they were night tested at the small arms range on our forward operating base - my platoon loved the new equipment.'
  8. 'This at least gave the soldiers the confidence they needed that their weapon was zeroed and they could hit what they were shooting at.'
  9. 'At the range, I shoot my Sharps from the bench at 100 yards to zero the rifle and get the base line sight settings.'
  10. 'Once the rifle is properly zeroed, the ballistic data for the round used, along with weather data is simply entered into the hand-held computer.'

More definitions

1. the figure or symbol 0, which in the Arabic notation for numbers stands for the absence of quantity; cipher.

2. the origin of any kind of measurement; line or point from which all divisions of a scale, as a thermometer, are measured in either a positive or a negative direction.

3. a mathematical value intermediate between positive and negative values.

4. naught; nothing.

5. the lowest point or degree.

6. Linguistics. the absence of a linguistic element, as a

More examples(as adjective)

"faiths can be zero in/at/on days."

"exports can be zero in/at/on tonnes."

"exports can be zero in dates."

"costs can be zero in/at/on todays."

"estimates can be zero."

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Origin

Early 17th century: from French zéro or Italian zero, via Old Spanish from Arabic ṣifr ‘cipher’.

Phrase

zero in