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zero British & World English

No quantity or number; nought; the figure 0

zero English Thesaurus

the sum's wrong—you've left off a zero

zero in British & World English

Take aim with a gun or missile

non-zero British & World English

Having a positive or negative value; not equal to zero

size zero British & World English

A very small size of women’s clothing, especially a US size equivalent to a UK size 4

sub-zero British & World English

(Of temperature) lower than zero; below freezing

zero-day British & World English

Deriving from or relating to a previously unknown vulnerability to attack in some software

zero hour British & World English

The time at which a planned operation, typically a military one, is set to begin

zero-sum British & World English

(Of a game or situation) in which whatever is gained by one side is lost by the other

zero hour English Thesaurus

as zero hour approached, thirty ships swung into position

ground zero British & World English

The point on the earth’s surface directly above or below an exploding nuclear bomb

zero-based British & World English

(Of a budget or budgeting) having each item costed anew, rather than in relation to its size or status in the previous budget

zero-carbon British & World English

Causing or resulting in no net release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere

zero-coupon British & World English

Of or relating to a debt obligation that pays no interest to the holder until it reaches maturity or is sold

zero-defect British & World English

Having no errors or flaws

zero-graze British & World English

Feed (cattle) with cut grass brought to them instead of putting them out to pasture

zero-hours British & World English

Denoting or relating to a contract of employment that does not include a guarantee of regular work for the employee, who is paid only for the hours they actually work

zero option British & World English

A disarmament proposal for the total removal of certain types of weapons on both sides

zero-point British & World English

Relating to or denoting properties and phenomena in quantized systems at absolute zero

zero-rated British & World English

Denoting goods or services that are taxable for VAT, but with a tax rate of zero

ground zero New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

point directly above or below an exploding nuclear bomb

absolute zero British & World English

The lowest temperature that is theoretically possible, at which the motion of particles which constitutes heat would be minimal. It is zero on the Kelvin scale, equivalent to −273.15°C

zero crossing British & World English

The point at which a function crosses the horizontal axis as its value passes through zero and changes sign

zero-emission British & World English

Denoting a road vehicle that emits no pollutants from its exhaust

zero gravity British & World English

The state or condition in which there is no apparent force of gravity acting on a body, either because the force is locally weak, or because both the body and its surroundings are freely and equally accelerating under the force

absolute zero New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

lowest temperature that is theoretically possible (zero kelvins, −273.15°C)

zero tolerance British & World English

Non-acceptance of antisocial behaviour, typically by strict and uncompromising application of the law

zero-coupon bond British & World English

A bond that is issued at a deep discount to its face value but pays no interest

from hero to zero British & World English

Used to refer to a sudden, rapid decline in popularity or success

zero population growth British & World English

The maintenance of a population at a constant level by limiting the number of live births to only what is needed to replace the existing population

zero in in zero British & World English

Take aim with a gun or missile

zero G in zero gravity British & World English

The state or condition in which there is no apparent force of gravity acting on a body, either because the force is locally weak, or because both the body and its surroundings are freely and equally accelerating under the force

zero-base in zero-based British & World English

(Of a budget or budgeting) having each item costed anew, rather than in relation to its size or status in the previous budget

Ground Zero in ground zero British & World English

The site of the World Trade Center in New York, destroyed by terrorists on 11 September 2001

from hero to zero in hero British & World English

Used to refer to a sudden, rapid decline in popularity or success

zero in on in zero English Thesaurus

different scientists chose to zero in on different diseases


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