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Via Latin Zēno, from Ancient Greek Ζήνων ‎(Zḗnōn), an ancient derivative of Ζεύς ‎(Zeús). Modern scientific and philosophical use derives from Zeno of Elea, poser of Zeno's paradoxes.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A male given name.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In English mainly applied to historical persons of Greece.



Zeno ‎(not comparable)

  1. (mathematics, philosophy) Requiring or involving an infinite number of intervals within a finite time.
    • 2000, J. Zhang et al, “Dynamical Systems Revisted: Hybrid Systems with Zeno Executions”, Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control, page 458: 
      It is therefore important to be able to determine if a model is Zeno and in applicable cases remove Zenoness.
    • 2005, Heinrich Rust, “Chapter 3”, in Operational Semantics for Timed Systems: A Non-standard Approach to Uniform Modeling of Timed and Hybrid Systems, page 17:
      While this system is not Zeno, it can nevertheless not be considered implementable; thus, the boundedness of activity seems to be a more appropriate abstract concept of implementability of a system with respect to the amount of activity in finite intervals of time.
    • 2013, Y. Si et al, “Improving Model Checking Stateful Timed CSP with non-Zenoness through Clock-Symmetry Reduction”, Formal Methods and Software Engineering : 15th International Conference on Formal Engineering Methods, ICFEM 2013, page 183: 
      That is, it is necessary to check whether a run is Zeno so as to avoid presenting Zeno runs as counterexamples.

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