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)

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Not every minute of every superhero story has to be about saving the world, or about an infinite number of CGI fish. Noel Murray, The Verge, "This weekend, stream a different version of Aquaman from home," 21 Dec. 2018 And instead of gears, continuously variable transmissions use chains to provide an infinite number of ratios, allowing maximum efficiency in power delivery. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "10 Innovations That Made the Modern Car," 4 Dec. 2018 The infinite dimension and light-refracting properties of the crystals are inherently star-like, which aided in the structure’s overall vibrance. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How Architect Daniel Libeskind Redesigned the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Star," 15 Nov. 2018 The problem came to be called the ultraviolet catastrophe, because the best theorem of the day predicted that objects heated to very high temperatures should spew infinite amounts of short-wavelength energy. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 If the price of care is zero, then every patient can demand an infinite amount. Sally C. Pipes, Fortune, "Why Does the Left Want Universal Health Care? Britain’s Is on Its Deathbed," 10 July 2018 There's just two game remaining the NBA regular season, but seemingly an infinite amount of seeding scenarios in the Western Conference. Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com, "NBA playoff race: A dizzying look at all the Western Conference seeding scenarios," 10 Apr. 2018 Warning: Limited space available despite space being infinite and capable of fitting all of us. Fox News, "President Trump's CIA pick faces questions over her role in enhanced interrogation program," 14 Mar. 2018 And Waymo's parent company has effectively infinite financial resources. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo One, the groundbreaking self-driving taxi service, explained," 5 Dec. 2018

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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

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

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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.

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