ze·​ta | \ ˈzā-tə How to pronounce zeta (audio) , ˈzē- \

Definition of zeta

: the 6th letter of the Greek alphabet — see Alphabet Table

Examples of zeta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The zeta values are numbers generated by taking an infinite sum. Quanta Magazine, "Three Decades Later, Mystery Numbers Explained," 3 May 2018 Wigner matrices and zeta functions may then just be different representations of this structure. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "In Mysterious Pattern, Math and Nature Converge," 6 Feb. 2013

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First Known Use of zeta

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zeta

Greek zēta

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“Zeta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zeta. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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