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 for Absolute zero
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Zero \Ze"ro\, n.; pl. Zerosor Zeroes. [F. z['e]ro, from Ar.
     [,c]afrun, [,c]ifrun, empty, a cipher. Cf. Cipher.]
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     1. (Arith.) A cipher; nothing; naught.
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     2. The point from which the graduation of a scale, as of a
        thermometer, commences.
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     Note: Zero in the Centigrade, or Celsius thermometer, and in
           the R['e]aumur thermometer, is at the point at which
           water congeals. The zero of the Fahrenheit thermometer
           is fixed at the point at which the mercury stands when
           immersed in a mixture of snow and common salt. In
           Wedgwood's pyrometer, the zero corresponds with
           1077[deg] on the Fahrenheit scale. See Illust. of
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     3. Fig.: The lowest point; the point of exhaustion; as, his
        patience had nearly reached zero.
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     Absolute zero. See under Absolute.
     Zero method (Physics), a method of comparing, or measuring,
        forces, electric currents, etc., by so opposing them that
        the pointer of an indicating apparatus, or the needle of a
        galvanometer, remains at, or is brought to, zero, as
        contrasted with methods in which the deflection is
        observed directly; -- called also null method.
     Zero point, the point indicating zero, or the commencement
        of a scale or reckoning.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Absolute \Ab"so*lute\, a. [L. absolutus, p. p. of absolvere: cf.
     F. absolu. See Absolve.]
     1. Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled;
        unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority,
        monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command;
        absolute power; an absolute monarch.
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     2. Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless; as,
        absolute perfection; absolute beauty.
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              So absolute she seems,
              And in herself complete.              --Milton.
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     3. Viewed apart from modifying influences or without
        comparison with other objects; actual; real; -- opposed to
        relative and comparative; as, absolute motion;
        absolute time or space.
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     Note: Absolute rights and duties are such as pertain to man
           in a state of nature as contradistinguished from
           relative rights and duties, or such as pertain to him
           in his social relations.
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     4. Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other
        being; self-existent; self-sufficing.
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     Note: In this sense God is called the Absolute by the Theist.
           The term is also applied by the Pantheist to the
           universe, or the total of all existence, as only
           capable of relations in its parts to each other and to
           the whole, and as dependent for its existence and its
           phenomena on its mutually depending forces and their
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     5. Capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone;
        unconditioned; non-relative.
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     Note: It is in dispute among philosopher whether the term, in
           this sense, is not applied to a mere logical fiction or
           abstraction, or whether the absolute, as thus defined,
           can be known, as a reality, by the human intellect.
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                 To Cusa we can indeed articulately trace, word
                 and thing, the recent philosophy of the absolute.
                                                    --Sir W.
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     6. Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful. [R.]
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              I am absolute 't was very Cloten.     --Shak.
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     7. Authoritative; peremptory. [R.]
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              The peddler stopped, and tapped her on the head,
              With absolute forefinger, brown and ringed. --Mrs.
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     8. (Chem.) Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol.
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     9. (Gram.) Not immediately dependent on the other parts of
        the sentence in government; as, the case absolute. See
        Ablative absolute, under Ablative.
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     Absolute curvature (Geom.), that curvature of a curve of
        double curvature, which is measured in the osculating
        plane of the curve.
     Absolute equation (Astron.), the sum of the optic and
        eccentric equations.
     Absolute space (Physics), space considered without relation
        to material limits or objects.
     Absolute terms. (Alg.), such as are known, or which do not
        contain the unknown quantity. --Davies & Peck.
     Absolute temperature (Physics), the temperature as measured
        on a scale determined by certain general thermo-dynamic
        principles, and reckoned from the absolute zero.
     Absolute zero (Physics), the be ginning, or zero point, in
        the scale of absolute temperature. It is equivalent to
        -273[deg] centigrade or -459.4[deg] Fahrenheit.
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     Syn: Positive; peremptory; certain; unconditional; unlimited;
          unrestricted; unqualified; arbitrary; despotic;
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  absolute zero
      n 1: (cryogenics) the lowest temperature theoretically
           attainable (at which the kinetic energy of atoms and
           molecules is minimal); 0 Kelvin or -273.15 centigrade or
           -459.67 Fahrenheit

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  38 Moby Thesaurus words for "absolute zero":
     algidity, bitterness, bleakness, boiling point, briskness, chill,
     chilliness, cold, coldness, cool, coolness, coolth, crispness,
     cryogenics, cryology, decrease in temperature, dew point,
     freezing point, freshness, frigidity, frostiness, gelidity,
     iciness, inclemency, intense cold, keenness, low temperature,
     melting point, nip, nippiness, rawness, recalescence point, rigor,
     severity, sharp air, sharpness, temperature, zero

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