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For the simple notion of lacking, the words nothing and none are often used.
Sometimes the words nought, naught and aught are used.
Zero is represented by the absence of a knot in the appropriate position.The paradoxes of Zeno of Elea depend in large part on the uncertain interpretation of zero.By 130 AD, Ptolemy, influenced by Hipparchus and the Babylonians, was using a symbol for zero (a small circle with a long overbar) in his work on mathematical astronomy called the Syntaxis Mathematica, also known as the Almagest.Many different glyphs, including this partial quatrefoil——were used as a zero symbol for these Long Count dates, the earliest of which (on Stela 2 at Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas) has a date of 36 BC., several centuries before the earliest known Long Count dates.Although zero became an integral part of Maya numerals, with a different, empty tortoise-like "shell shape" used for many depictions of the "zero" numeral, it is assumed to have not influenced Old World numeral systems.
The Babylonian placeholder was not a true zero because it was not used alone. Thus numbers like 2 and 120 (2×60), 3 and 180 (3×60), 4 and 240 (4×60), looked the same because the larger numbers lacked a final sexagesimal placeholder. The back of Epi-Olmec stela C from Tres Zapotes, the second oldest Long Count date discovered.