ad infinitum

adverb or adjective
ad in·​fi·​ni·​tum | \ ˌad-ˌin-fə-ˈnī-təm also ˌäd- How to pronounce ad infinitum (audio) \

Definition of ad infinitum

: without end or limit

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His exploration begins with pi, the irrational mathematical constant 3.14159, plus some, ad infinitum. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Two new books will transform your everyday understanding of math," 17 June 2019 But the repetition ad infinitum of information that is, at best, debatable serves no one, especially at a time when legitimate journalism is under attack from so many malevolent forces. Jerome Groopman, The New York Review of Books, "Medicine in the Gray Zone," 9 May 2019 Just as Andy furiously silk-screened, taped, filmed, and collected, editing his reality and keeping the world at bay, we scroll, swipe, and recharge ad infinitum, and reality becomes ever more dissociated from materiality. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "1968 vs. 2018: 50 Years Later Fashion Is Still Playing With the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Late, Tumultuous ’60s," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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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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