infinite

adjective
in·fi·nite | \ ˈin-fə-nət \

Definition of infinite 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : extending indefinitely : endless infinite space

2 : immeasurably or inconceivably great or extensive : inexhaustible infinite patience

3 : subject to no limitation or external determination

4a : extending beyond, lying beyond, or being greater than any preassigned finite value however large infinite number of positive numbers

b : extending to infinity infinite plane surface

c : characterized by an infinite number of elements or terms an infinite set an infinite series

infinite

noun

Definition of infinite (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is infinite (as in extent, duration, or number)

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from infinite

Adjective

infinitely adverb
infiniteness noun

Examples of infinite in a Sentence

Adjective

an infinite series of numbers She has infinite patience when she's dealing with children. There seemed to be an infinite number of possibilities. an infinite variety of choices
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The story, about an infinite library, might be seen as finding an echo in Mr. Corrêa do Lago’s own project. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Not Your Average Autograph Collection," 12 July 2018 His knees were inflamed from infinite home plate collisions. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Johnny Bench Is Already a Hall-of-Famer, But He's Looking For a New Distinction," 5 July 2018 What unfolded afterwards is a testament to the infinite complexity of human existence in a justice system (and media climate) that prefers the simplicity of neat narratives and black-and-white guilt. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Review: Whether Old or New, The Staircase Offers No Easy Answers," 8 June 2018 Yes, the infinite refills of sweet tea with crushed ice and banana pudding in a to-go Styrofoam cup were gifts for my sweet tooth. Rembert Browne, Bon Appetit, "My Temple of Steam-Table Soul Food," 6 June 2018 Having impressed Saddam, who became president in 1979, with their seemingly infinite skills, Iraqi government scientists were relentlessly exploited as vehicles for the dictator’s maniacal ambitions. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "How Saddam and ISIS Killed Iraqi Science," 30 May 2018 Nelson asked: What is the smallest number of colors that you’d need to color any such graph, even one formed by linking an infinite number of vertices? Evelyn Lamb, WIRED, "An Anti-Aging Pundit Solves a Decades-Old Math Problem," 30 Apr. 2018 Given an infinite number of NHL seasons, an expansion team would eventually win the Stanley Cup. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Why Each NHL Team Could Win the Stanley Cup," 10 Apr. 2018 Bad rides, bad luck, an infinite number of excuses. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Justify's Triple Crown shouldn't be diminished because of American Pharoah," 9 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'infinite.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of infinite

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infinite

Adjective

Middle English infynyt, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French infinit, borrowed from Latin infīnītus "indefinite, having no limit, endless," from in- in- entry 1 + fīnītus "specific, definite, having bounds or limits" — more at finite

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about infinite

Phrases Related to infinite

in someone's (infinite) wisdom

Statistics for infinite

Last Updated

18 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for infinite

The first known use of infinite was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for infinite

infinite

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of infinite

: having no limits

: extremely large or great

infinite

adjective
in·fi·nite | \ ˈin-fə-nət \

Kids Definition of infinite

1 : having no limits of any kind the infinite universe

2 : seeming to be without limits She took infinite care when handling chemicals.

Other words from infinite

infinitely adverb He is infinitely patient.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on infinite

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for infinite

Spanish Central: Translation of infinite

Nglish: Translation of infinite for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of infinite for Arabic Speakers

Comments on infinite

What made you want to look up infinite? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a magnificent or impressive array

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!