零 - Dong Chinese dictionary

líng

zero

Original meaning: 

to fall (rain/snow)

Phonosemantic compound. represents the meaning and represents the sound. Based on the original meaning "to fall (of rain/snow)". The meaning later shifted to "scattered", "fraction", and "zero".

Components
雨 meaning component

  Meaning component

  

rain

令 sound component

  Sound component

lìnglínglǐng

  

command

Evolution

零 Seal script Shuowen (~100 AD)

Seal script

Shuowen (~100 AD)
零 Clerical script Jin dynasty (266-420 AD)

Clerical script

Jin dynasty (266-420 AD)
零 Regular script Modern

Regular script

Modern
Definitions

 

líng

zero; fragment, fraction; nought; zero sign; fractional; fragmentary; odd (of numbers); (placed between two numbers to indicate a smaller quantity followed by a larger one); fraction; (in mathematics) remainder (after division); extra; to wither and fall; to wither

Most common words with 零
Freq.
Word
Meaning

零售

to retail

zero

零件

part

零食

snacks

零钱

small change