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plural zeros or zeroes
1. The numerical symbol 0; a cipher.
2. Mathematics. a. An element of a set that when added to any other element in the set produces a sum identical with the element to which it is added. b. A cardinal number indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration. c. An ordinal number indicating an initial point or origin. d. An argument at which the value of a function vanishes.
3. The temperature indicated by the numeral 0 on a thermometer.
4. A sight setting that enables a firearm to shoot on target.
5. Informal. One having no influence or importance; a nonentity: a manager who was a total zero.
6. The lowest point: His prospects were approaching zero.
7. A zero-coupon bond.
8. Informal. Nothing; nil: Today I accomplished zero.
1. Of, relating to, or being zero.
2. a. Having no measurable or otherwise determinable value. b. Informal. Absent, inoperative, or irrelevant in specified circumstances: "The town has . . . practically no opportunities for amusement, zero culture" (Robert M. Adams).
3. Meteorology. a. Designating a ceiling not more than 16 meters (52 feet) high. b. Limited in horizontal visibility to no more than 55 meters (180 feet).
zeroed, zeroing, zeroes
To adjust (an instrument or a device) to zero value.
- phrasal verb.
1. a. To aim or concentrate firepower on an exact target location. b. To adjust the aim or sight of by repeated firings.
2. To converge intently; close in: The children zeroed in on the display of toys in the store window.
[Italian, from alteration of Medieval Latin zephirum, from Arabic sifr, nothing, cipher.]
876 C.E. First recorded use of the symbol for zero occurs in India.
Ancient geometry rests on no a priori axioms or
assumptions. Unlike Euclidean and the more recent geometries, the
starting point of ancient geometric thought is not a network
of intellectual definitions or abstractions, but instead a
meditation upon a metaphysical
Unity, followed by an attempt to symbolize visually and to contemplate
the pure, formal order which springs forth from this incomprehensible
Oneness. It is the approach to the starting point of the geometric
activity which radically separates what we may call the sacred from the
mundane or secular geometries. Ancient geometry begins with One, while
modern mathematics and geometry begin with Zero.
Zero is nothing. It is the absence of all things. It is empty. Nada. Nil. Zero represents a numerical value (the absence of value), but it also represents the void, the vast stillemptiness which existed before all of creation and will probably exist long after the death of our universe. The universal symbol for zero is an empty circle.
Linear time does not exist in the void, nor do events, actions, matter, or space. It is a stark nothingness without self, ego, or awareness. The void is timeless and eternal. It is the blank canvas awaiting inspiration. It is the uncarved block of the Tao. It is the uncluttered mind ready to receive knowledge. It is the unfertilized ovum.
Because the void exists outside of material space, it has no corresponding chakra or body position. The void can only be experienced preceding birth, following death, or through a . near death. or . out of body. experience where the trappings of physical self and ego are temporarily removed.
- James Kent - _The Galactic Harmonic Primer_
The Indian mathematician Sridhara recognizes the importance of the zero.
This sign on pushbuttons or keys of office machines means total clearance or back to zero. When one presses this key the machine deletes all stored data and is ready to be used for new activities.Used as a modern washing information sign on clothes has the meaning cannot be dry-cleaned.
In old marine technology and navigation it appeared as a sign for the widest section of a ship, dead flat. Here is related to for center of gravity.
edition (April 1987)
Ace Books; ISBN: 0441117732 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.74 x 6.88 x 4.20
Turner, corporate mercenary, wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: Maas-Neotek's chief of R&D is defecting. Turner is the one assigned to get him out intact, along with the biochip he's perfected. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties--some of whom aren't remotely human.
Enter the world of a terrifying high-tech future gone awry, a world where computer chips are implanted directly into the brain of a child, where artists hide underground like hunted prey, and where a new force has invaded Earth's Computer Matrix--a force that's playing for keeps . . . Count Zero Interrupt. Count Zero is the sequel to the award-winning novel, _Neuromancer_
We have proposed that quantum-mechanical phenomena organize matter at every level; Tryon (1973) suggests that the universe itself is a very large instance of a quantum-mechanical phenomenon that is common-place when of brief duration. Tryon points out that universes can spring from nothing without violations of physical law so long as they have specific properties. Chief among these is the requirement that such a universe must have a zero net value for all conserved quantities. The quantities that physics considers conserved fall into two categories, continuous and discrete. It is the discrete quantities that characterize the elementary particles: spin, strangeness, electric charge, and so on. These quantities have equal magnitude, but opposed signs, in the case of particles and antiparticles. All that the laws of discrete conservation imply, therefore, is that if a universe appears from nowhere, it must consist equally of matter and antimatter. It is very possible that we live in a universe that possesses zero net values for all of its conserved quantities. Such a universe could well have sprung from nothing.."
- _The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens and theI Ching_ - Terence & Dennis McKenna
Robert Kaplan, author of _The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero_:
The first evidence we have of zero is from the Sumerian culture in Mesopotamia, some 5,000 years ago. There a slanted double wedge was inserted between cuneiform symbols for numbers, written positionally, to indicate the absence of a number in a place (as we would write 102, the '0' indicating no digit in the tens column).
The symbol changed over time as positional notation, for which zero was crucial, made its way to the Babylonian empire and from there to India, via the Greeks (in whose own culture zero made a late and only occasional appearance; the Romans had no trace of it at all). Arab merchants brought the zero they found in India to the West, and after many adventures and much opposition, the symbol we use took hold and the concept flourished, as zero took on much more than a positional meaning and has played a crucial role in our mathematizing of the world.
The mathematical zero and the philosophical notion of nothingness are related but aren't the same. Nothingness plays a central role very early on in Indian thought (there called "sunya"), and we find speculation in virtually all cosmogonical myths about what must have preceded the world's creation.
Our own era's physical theories about the Big Bang cannot quite reach back to an ultimate beginning from nothing. although in mathematics we can generate all numbers from the empty set. Nothingness as the state out of which alone we can freely make our own natures lies at the heart of existentialism, which flourished in the mid-20th century.