zeros; zeroed; zeroes; zeroing

Zero means nothing. When you add zero to the number one, you get the number one. And if some gets a zero on a test, it means they've missed every question.

You might know zero as 0, zilch, zip, nothing, or nada. While it is a number of no value, without it we wouldn't be able to count beyond 9. On a number line, all numbers below zero are negative. And the temperature at which water freezes is zero degrees Celsius. Occasionally you'll hear someone describe a person as a zero — which is a not-very-nice way to say that the person has nothing going for them.

Definitions of zero
  1. noun
    a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number
    synonyms: 0, cipher, cypher, nought
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    type of:
    digit, figure
    one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration
  2. noun
    a quantity of no importance
    synonyms: aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, nada, naught, nil, nix, nothing, null, zilch, zip, zippo
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    (Latin) nil; nothing (as used by a sheriff after an unsuccessful effort to serve a writ)
    type of:
    relative quantity
    a quantity relative to some purpose
  3. adjective
    having no measurable or otherwise determinable value
    “the goal is zero population growth”
    quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns for indicating a complete or almost complete lack or zero quantity of
  4. adjective
    of or relating to the null set (a set with no members)
  5. adjective
    indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration
    “a zero score”
    synonyms: 0
    being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order
  6. noun
    the point on a scale from which positive or negative numerical quantities can be measured
    synonyms: zero point
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    type of:
    numerical quantity
    a quantity expressed as a number
  7. verb
    adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value
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    type of:
    adjust, correct, set
    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
  8. adjective
    indicating an initial point or origin
    being or denoting a numerical order in a series
  9. noun
    the sight setting that will cause a projectile to hit the center of the target with no wind blowing
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    type of:
    sight setting
    the adjustment of a gunsight for elevation and windage on a particular range under favorable light conditions
  10. verb
    adjust (as by firing under test conditions) the zero of (a gun)
    “He zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards”
    synonyms: zero in
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    type of:
    adjust, correct, set
    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
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