## Topic: NUMBERS

Date: | 1600-1700 |

Language: | French |

Origin: | zéro, from Arabic sifr 'empty, nothing' |

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ze‧ro1 plural zeros or zeroes

1HMN the number 0 [= nought British English]

Make X greater than or equal to zero.

2TMHMN the point between + and - on a scale for measuring something, or the lowest point on a scale that shows how much there is left of something :

The petrol gauge was already at zero.

4 none at all, or the lowest possible amount

**somebody's chances are zero**(=they have no chance of success)

Mike's chances of winning are virtually zero.

From 1971 to 1976 West Vancouver experienced zero population growth.