Definitions

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  • v. To focus one's aim; to zoom in and center on something.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids
  • v. adjust (as by firing under test conditions) the zero of (a gun)

Etymologies

The phrase possibly comes from adjusting a sighting mechanism of a firearm to minimise the discrepancy between where the sight points and where a bullet lands on a target. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • John and I quite agreed with her, that it was painful to see gentle English girls clad, or rather un-clad, after the fashion of our enemies across the Channel; now, unhappy nation! sunk to zero in politics, religion, and morals – where high-bred ladies went about dressed as heathen goddesses, with bare arms and bare sandalled feet, gaining none of the pure simplicity of the ancient world, and losing all the decorous dignity of our modern times.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • With his associated doc - trines of the total perversion of man and the incom - prehensible majesty of God, he banned, and had to ban, all ideas of a possible accommodation of God's com - mands to the needs of man: man was simply too low and mean, too near to zero in value and importance to deserve consideration, while God was too high up and too far away to concede it.

    CASUISTRY

  • They were cutting off one route — the easiest route — of escape, and they would zero in on Del and the woman — hiswoman — in less than ten heartbeats.

    Hunter,Healer[SequeltoTheSociety]

  • In 2007, a female colleague whom the AP has also agreed not to identify decided to zero in on a man known as Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, a nom de guerre.

    Persistent CIA hunter brought down bin Laden

  • With Stymy Stork along, we should be able to zero in on the right one fairly efficiently, then go to where he delivered your baby. "

    Stork Naked

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