nonzero

adjective
non·​ze·​ro | \ ˌnän-ˈzir-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce nonzero (audio) \

Definition of nonzero

1 : being, having, or involving a value other than zero
2 : having phonetic content nonzero affixes

Examples of nonzero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the local curvature of a torus is obviously nonzero along most points on the surface and can take both positive and negative values. Spyridon Michalakis, Scientific American, "How Scientists Solved One of the Greatest Open Questions in Quantum Physics," 1 Aug. 2020 At 16, Scholze learned that a decade earlier Andrew Wiles had proved the famous 17th-century problem known as Fermat’s Last Theorem, which says that the equation xn + yn = zn has no nonzero whole-number solutions if n is greater than two. Quanta Magazine, "The Oracle of Arithmetic," 28 June 2016 In these theories, the graviton has a very small but nonzero mass. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Troubled Times for Alternatives to Einstein’s Theory of Gravity," 6 May 2018 There’s no mechanism within the Standard Model by which neutrinos might acquire their tiny, nonzero masses. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "New Neutrino Anomaly Hints at a Matter-Antimatter Rift," 31 July 2016

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First Known Use of nonzero

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2020

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“Nonzero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonzero. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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