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 The large-scale computing application relies on the use of sparse matrix algorithms—matrices in which many elements have a value of zero (versus dense matrices in which many elements have a nonzero value). Russ Banham, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 The division has three teams vying for its title on the final day of the season, but the best record any of them can attain is 7-9, and there’s a nonzero chance of a 6-10 team hosting a first-round playoff game. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2020 That authorization will be subject to some nonzero level of political influence. Walid Gellad, Wired, 11 Sep. 2020 Even a nonzero chance that the virus could mutate and amplify in mink populations—before making a jump back into humans—is worrisome, Baldwin says. Eli Cahan, Science | AAAS, 18 Aug. 2020 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, 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, 28 June 2016 In these theories, the graviton has a very small but nonzero mass. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, 6 May 2018 There’s no mechanism within the Standard Model by which neutrinos might acquire their tiny, nonzero masses. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, 31 July 2016

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First Known Use of nonzero

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonzero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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