Posted by Gary Martin on March 31, 2007
In Reply to: Next to nothing... posted by Victoria S Dennis on March 30, 2007
: : next to nothing...
: Well, there's "nothing". And then the next thing up from that is "next to nothing", i.e. almost nothing.
In mathematics, the notion of something which is not zero, but is the next thing to it, is an important enough concept to have its own jargon term. Such conceptual items are called 'vanishingly small'.