# Zeros vs. Zero

## Difference Between Zeros and Zero

#### Zerosnoun

plural of zeroTwo or more zero digits.

#### Zeronumeral

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.*

#### Zerosnoun

The decade of the 1800s, 1900s, 2000s, etc. The noughties. The 2000s.

#### Zeronoun

The numeric symbol that represents the cardinal number zero.

*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.*

#### Zeronoun

The digit 0 in the decimal, binary, and all other base numbering systems.

*One million has six zeroes.*

#### Zeronoun

Nothing, or none.

*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.*

#### Zeronoun

The value of a magnitude corresponding to the cardinal number zero.

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

#### Zeronoun

The point on a scale at which numbering or measurement originates.

*The temperature outside is ten degrees below zero.*

#### Zeronoun

(mathematics) A value of the independent variables of a function, for which the function is equal to 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.*

#### Zeronoun

The additive identity element of a monoid or greater algebraic structure, particularly a group or ring.

*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.*

#### Zeronoun

(slang) A person of little or no importance.

*They rudely treated him like a zero.*

#### Zeronoun

(military) A Mitsubishi A6M Zero, a long range fighter aircraft operated by the Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940 to 1945.

#### Zeronoun

A setting of calibrated instruments such as a firearm.

#### Zeronoun

(finance) A security which has a zero coupon (paying no periodic interest).

*The takeovers were financed by issuing zeroes.*

#### Zeroadjective

(informal) no, not any

*She showed zero respect.*

#### Zeroadjective

(meteorology) Of a cloud ceiling, limiting vision to 50 feet (15 meters) or less.

#### Zeroadjective

(meteorology) Of horizontal visibility, limited to 165 feet (50.3 meters) or less.

#### Zeroadjective

(linguistics) Present at an abstract level, but not realized in the data.

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

#### Zeroverb

(transitive) To set a measuring instrument to zero; to calibrate instrument scale to valid zero.

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

#### Zeroverb

To change a memory location or range to values of zero; to set a variable in a computer program to zero.

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

#### Zeroverb

(transitive) To cause or set some value or amount to be zero.

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

#### Zeroverb

(transitive) To eliminate; to delete; to overwrite with zeros.

#### Zeroverb

(intransitive) To disappear

#### Zeronoun

a quantity of no importance;

*it looked like nothing I had ever seen before*

*reduced to nil all the work we had done*

*we racked up a pathetic goose egg*

*it was all for naught*

*I didn't hear zilch about it*

#### Zeronoun

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

#### Zeronoun

the quantity that registers a reading of zero on a scale

#### Zeroverb

adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value

#### Zeroverb

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

*He zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards*

#### Zeroadjective

indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration;

*a zero score*

#### Zeroadjective

indicating an initial point or origin

#### Zeroadjective

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

#### Zeroadjective

having no measurable or otherwise determinable value;

*the goal is zero population growth*