zero

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (Aus, US) enPR: zē'rō, IPA: /ˈziɹ.oʊ/, SAMPA: /"zir\.oU/
  • (UK) IPA: /ˈzɪə.ɹəʊ/, SAMPA: /"zI@.r\@U/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ze‧ro

Determiner[change]

Determiner
zero

  1. (number) Zero is a count of nothing. It is often written 0.
    One minus one is zero (1 - 1 = 0).

Noun[change]

Singular
zero

Plural
zeros or zeroes

  1. The symbol for the number zero, that is "0."
    The new job added a zero to my pay, from $20,000 to $200,000.
  2. (slang) A person or thing that is worth nothing.
    I'm not inviting him, he's total zero.

Verb[change]

Plain form
zero

Third-person singular
zeroes

Past tense
zeroed

Past participle
zeroed

Present participle
zeroing

  1. To zero is to make a small change to reset a piece of equipment.
    I had to zero the counter on my tape player.
  2. To zero in is to make small changes that bring you closer to something.
    I was able to zero in on the source of bad smell in the shed.