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Definition 1: the sight setting that will cause a projectile to hit the center of the target with no wind blowing - [noun denoting artifact]

(zero is a kind of ...) the adjustment of a gunsight for elevation and windage on a particular range under favorable light conditions

Definition 2: the point on a scale from which positive or negative numerical quantities can be measured - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for zero in the sense of this definition

(zero is a kind of ...) a quantity expressed as a number

Definition 3: a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number - [noun denoting quantity]

Synonyms for zero in the sense of this definition

(zero is a kind of ...) one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration

"0 and 1 are digits"

Definition 4: a quantity of no importance - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where zero or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for zero in the sense of this definition

(zero is a kind of ...) a quantity relative to some purpose

(... is a kind of zero ) (Latin) nil; nothing (as used by a sheriff after an unsuccessful effort to serve a writ)

"nihil habet"

(... is a kind of zero ) little or nothing at all

"I asked for a raise and they gave me bugger-all" "I know sweet Fanny Adams about surgery"

Definition 5: adjust (as by firing under test conditions) the zero of (a gun) - [verb of change]

Samples where zero or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards

Synonyms for zero in the sense of this definition

(zero is a kind of ...) alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

"Adjust the clock, please" "correct the alignment of the front wheels"

Definition 6: adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value - [verb of change]

(zero is a kind of ...) alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

"Adjust the clock, please" "correct the alignment of the front wheels"

Definition 7: of or relating to the null set (a set with no members) - [adjective denoting pert]

Definition 8: indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where zero or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a zero score

Synonyms for zero in the sense of this definition

(zero is similar to ...) being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order

"cardinal numbers"

Definition 9: having no measurable or otherwise determinable value - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where zero or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the goal is zero population growth

(zero is similar to ...) (quantifier) used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns for indicating a complete or almost complete lack or zero quantity of

"we have no bananas" "no eggs left and no money to buy any" "have you no decency?" "did it with no help" "I'll get you there in no time"

Definition 10: indicating an initial point or origin - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(zero is similar to ...) being or denoting a numerical order in a series

"ordinal numbers" "held an ordinal rank of seventh"

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