1. a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number;

[syn: zero, 0, nought, cipher,

2. a quantity of no importance;

- Example: "it looked like nothing I had ever seen before"

- Example: "reduced to nil all the work we had done"

- Example: "we racked up a pathetic goose egg"

- Example: "it was all for naught"

- Example: "I didn't hear zilch about it"

[syn: nothing, nil, nix, nada, null, aught, cipher,

3. a person of no influence;

[syn: cipher,

4. a secret method of writing;

[syn: cipher,

5. a message written in a secret code;

[syn: cipher,

1. convert ordinary language into code;

- Example: "We should encode the message for security reasons"

[syn: code, encipher, cipher,

2. make a mathematical calculation or computation;

[syn: calculate, cipher,

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cypher \Cy"pher\ (s?"f?r), n. & v. See Cipher. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

cypher n 1: a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number [syn: zero, 0, nought, cipher, cypher] 2: a quantity of no importance; "it looked like nothing I had ever seen before"; "reduced to nil all the work we had done"; "we racked up a pathetic goose egg"; "it was all for naught"; "I didn't hear zilch about it" [syn: nothing, nil, nix, nada, null, aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, naught, zero, zilch, zip, zippo] 3: a person of no influence [syn: cipher, cypher, nobody, nonentity] 4: a secret method of writing [syn: cipher, cypher, cryptograph, secret code] 5: a message written in a secret code [syn: cipher, cypher] v 1: convert ordinary language into code; "We should encode the message for security reasons" [syn: code, encipher, cipher, cypher, encrypt, inscribe, write in code] 2: make a mathematical calculation or computation [syn: calculate, cipher, cypher, compute, work out, reckon, figure]