non·​ze·​ro ˌnän-ˈzir-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce nonzero (audio)
: being, having, or involving a value other than zero
: having phonetic content
nonzero affixes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Your foot on the floor made the chair go from zero angular momentum (or not rotating) to some nonzero value. WIRED, 4 Sep. 2022 Have a minor panic attack upon finding out that Penny, 12, has a nonzero chance of dying. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2022 Java 15-18 ECDSA doesn’t sanity check that the random x coordinate and signature proof are nonzero; a (0,0) signature validates any message. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 The main threat from any storms will be damaging winds, along with heavy rain and lightning, but a nonzero tornado chance also is tagging along. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2022 If that came out to be nonzero, the Smale conjecture would false. Quanta Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nonzero was in 1879

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“Nonzero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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non·​ze·​ro -ˈzē-rō How to pronounce nonzero (audio)
: being, having, or involving a value other than zero
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