ad infinitum

adverb or adjective
ad in·​fi·​ni·​tum | \ˌad-ˌin-fə-ˈnī-təm also ˌäd- \

Definition of ad infinitum 

: without end or limit

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And there could be a third layer below that, and a fourth, ad infinitum. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 Her solo pieces were built around a vintage synthesizer capability: the sequencer, repeating a series of notes ad infinitum or making changes as the repetition continued. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "At Moogfest, Electronics Stimulate Ears and Emotions," 21 May 2018 That means hard drives, cables ad infinitum, dongles, and the helmets, which the guys insist must be in their sights at all times. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s In Your Bag, Black Tiger Sex Machine?," 13 July 2018 MoMA has covered Le Corbusier ad infinitum, and its 2015 Latin American architecture exhibition delved deeply into the use of modernism (including concrete) to construct new neighborhoods, cities, and universities across Central and South America. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Concrete utopia," 12 July 2018 Wimbledon doesn't use tiebreakers in the fifth set for men, or third set for women, so there's nothing to prevent a match from continuing ad infinitum. Howard Fendrich,, "Illinois alumnus Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in longest semifinal in Wimbledon history," 13 July 2018 But, at least historically, with the bigger rockets, people haven't been willing to sit around ad infinitum to go ad astra. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Never Prebook Your Return Flight From a Rocket Launch," 6 July 2018 That is what's missing from other fictional characters with OCD: bad thoughts that dovetail into more bad thoughts ad infinitum. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "An Open Letter to John Green about OCD Portrayal in "Turtles All the Way Down"," 19 Oct. 2017 Could the result be that real-life models and influencers become obsolete, or will their likenesses be frozen in time and replicated ad infinitum? Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Body Con Job," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of ad infinitum

1581, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ad infinitum

borrowed from Latin ad infīnītum

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: without an end or limit

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