Nothing vs. Zero

Nothing vs. Zero — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Nothing and Zero

Nothingnoun

Something that has no existence.

Zeronoun

The numerical symbol 0; a cipher.

Nothingnoun

Something that has no quantitative value; zero

a score of two to nothing.

Zeronoun

The identity element for addition.

Nothingnoun

One that has no substance or importance; a nonentity

"A nothing is a dreadful thing to hold onto" (Edna O'Brien).

Zeronoun

A cardinal number indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration.

Nothingadjective

Insignificant or worthless

"the utterly nothing role of a wealthy suitor" (Bosley Crowther).

Zeronoun

An ordinal number indicating an initial point or origin.

Nothingadverb

In no way or degree; not at all

She looks nothing like her sister.

Zeronoun

An argument at which the value of a function vanishes.

Nothingpronoun

Not any thing; no thing.

Zeronoun

The temperature indicated by the numeral 0 on a thermometer.

Nothingpronoun

An absence of anything, including empty space, brightness, darkness, matter, or a vacuum.

Zeronoun

A sight setting that enables a firearm to shoot on target.

Nothingnoun

Something trifling, or of no consequence or importance.

- What happened to your face?
- It's nothing.

Zeronoun

(Informal) One having no influence or importance; a nonentity

a manager who was a total zero.

Nothingnoun

A trivial remark (especially in the term sweet nothings).

Zeronoun

The lowest point

His prospects were approaching zero.

Nothingnoun

A nobody (insignificant person).

You're nothing to me now!

Zeronoun

(Informal) Nothing; nil

Today I accomplished zero.

Nothingadverb

(archaic) Not at all; in no way.

Zeroadjective

Of, relating to, or being zero.

Nothingnoun

a quantity of no importance;

it looked like nothing I had ever seen beforereduced to nil all the work we had donewe racked up a pathetic goose eggit was all for naughtI didn't hear zilch about it

Zeroadjective

Having no measurable or otherwise determinable value.

Nothingnoun

a nonexistent thing

Zeroadjective

(Informal) Not any; no

"The town has ... practically no opportunities for amusement, zero culture" (Robert M. Adams).

Nothingadverb

in no way; to no degree;

he looks nothing like his father

Zeroadjective

Designating a ceiling not more than 16 meters (52 feet) high.

Zeroadjective

Limited in horizontal visibility to no more than 55 meters (180 feet).

Zeroadjective

(Linguistics) Of or relating to a morpheme that is expected by an established, regular paradigm but has no spoken or written form. Moose has a zero plural; that is, its plural is moose.

Zeroverb

To adjust (an instrument or a device) to zero value.

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.

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 beforereduced to nil all the work we had donewe racked up a pathetic goose eggit was all for naughtI 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