Confusing Words Clarified: Group X; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "X" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
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"One example of a word using xero- is xerosis which refers to a dryness, as of the skin, eyes, or mucous membranes."
2. Nothing at all: "The medical researchers are striving to reduce the mortality rate to zero."
3. The point from which the graduation figures of a scale begins: "On the Celsius scale, zero (0°), is the temperature of melting ice, equivalent to 32° on the Fahrenheit scale."
4. A person who is not important, interesting, popular, etc.: "Wiley's new girlfriend is a real zero (loser)."
"The math teacher is trying to zero in on why Gina can't comprehend her simple math assignment."2. To set a measuring device; such as, a scale so it reads 0: "Please zero the scale before you try to weigh the produce (potatoes, onions, etc.)."
The new skin cream had zero effect on the xerosis on his hands; so, he had to go see the dermatologist for a different prescription.
"The company is so identified with its product that the term Xerox machine often refers to xerographic duplicators produced by other companies."
"The verb term xeroxing has become synonymous with copying; however, the company does not condone nor in any way approve of using its trademark name as a verb, an adjective, or a noun."
The clerk's boss asked him to go to the Xerox store to buy the special paper on which to xerox the report for the Annual General Meeting tomorrow.