number (plural zeros)
- 1No quantity or number; nought; the figure 0: figures from zero to nine you’ve left off a zero—it should be five hundred millionMore example sentences
- Contemporaries in the media gave their own ballpark figures, each adding a zero to the figure I already had.
- The vote has been re-opened with the figures reset to zero.
- Those who wrote these regulations just forgot to put a zero behind the figures.
- 1.1A point on a scale or instrument from which a positive or negative quantity is reckoned: the gauge dropped to zero [as modifier]: a zero rate of interestMore example sentences
- Since this was a theatrical feature, the chapters will be rated on a scale of zero to four stars.
- U.S. News has our diversity index at 0.27 on a scale of zero to 1.0.
- 1.2The temperature corresponding to 0° on the Celsius scale (32° Fahrenheit), marking the freezing point of water: the temperature was below zeroMore example sentences
- 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.
- With an average temperature of 60 degrees below zero, any water near the surface of Mars would freeze solid.
- There were several days of temperatures 20-25 degrees below zero, Fahrenheit.
- 1.4The lowest possible amount or level; nothing at all: I rated my chances as zeroMore example sentences
nothing, nil, nothing at all, not a single thing, not anything, none; Northern English nowtrock bottom, the bottom, the lowest point, the all-time low, as low as one can get, low-water mark, the depths, the nadir• informal the pits
- Scieh said the zero level of fatalities was ‘encouraging’, although there is no guarantee no one will succumb this year.
- In health, however, health levels would not be zero if there were no health expenditures that is, no health systems.
- She was sick of people feeling sorry for her because her confidence level was zero.
- 1.5 short for zero hour.
verb (zeroes, zeroing, zeroed)[with object] Back to top
- 1Adjust (an instrument) to zero: zero the counter when the tape has rewoundMore example sentences
return to nought, return to zero, adjust to zero point
- Once it was zeroed the point of impact remained constant.
- Pressure transducers were zeroed when each patient was admitted to the study per the manufacturer's instructions.
- The third and fourth settings on the digital timer should still have been zeroed, just as when the feeder was set originally.
- 2Set the sights of (a gun) for firing: the rifle had been zeroed at an elevation of 200More example sentences
- At the range, I shoot my Sharps from the bench at 100 yards to zero the rifle and get the base line sight settings.
- Frankly, I was most interested in seeing if, once the rifle was zeroed, the shotgun barrel would shoot to the same point-of-aim at shotgun distances.
- For test firing, zeroing your rifle, or informal competition The Rock Jr. is tailor made for success.
- Take aim with a gun or missile: jet fighters zeroed in on the rebels' positionsMore example sentences
- Whatever may be the movement of the target in the sea, the missile will zero in on it.
- Focus one’s attention: they zeroed in on the clues he dropped about himselfMore example sentences
- He's zeroed in on the recent scholarly attention Ben Franklin has been enjoying and yoked that with the equally topical subject of academic plagiarism.
- It zeroed in on these youngsters in each districts, trained them and affiliated them to the Kudumbasree mission.
- To gain wisdom from life experiences, youngsters ought to receive training on zeroing in on their inherent talents.
early 17th century: from French zéro or Italian zero, via Old Spanish from Arabic ṣifr 'cipher'.