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infinitesimal

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noun in·fin·i·tes·i·mal \(ˌ)in-ˌfi-nə-ˈte-sə-məl, -zə-məl\

Definition of infinitesimal

  1. :  an infinitesimal quantity or variable



Origin of infinitesimal

New Latin infinitesimus infinite in rank, from Latin infinitus


First Known Use: 1706

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infinitesimal

adjective in·fin·i·tes·i·mal

Simple Definition of infinitesimal

  • : extremely small

Full Definition of infinitesimal

  1. 1 :  taking on values arbitrarily close to but greater than zero

  2. 2 :  immeasurably or incalculably small <an infinitesimal difference>

in·fin·i·tes·i·mal·ly play \-mə-lē\ adverb

Examples of infinitesimal

  1. an infinitesimal moment in time

  2. <a soft drink with only an infinitesimal amount of caffeine>



1710

First Known Use of infinitesimal

1710

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INFINITESIMAL Defined for Kids

infinitesimal

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adjective in·fin·i·tes·i·mal \in-ˌfi-nə-ˈte-sə-məl\

Definition of infinitesimal

  1. :  extremely small <The chance of winning is infinitesimal.>





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