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infinite

adjective in·fi·nite \ ˈin-fə-nət \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of infinite

1 : extending indefinitely : endless
  • infinite space
2 : immeasurably or inconceivably great or extensive : inexhaustible
  • infinite patience
3 : subject to no limitation or external determination
4 a : 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

infinitely

adverb

infiniteness

noun

Examples of infinite in a Sentence

  1. an infinite series of numbers

  2. She has infinite patience when she's dealing with children.

  3. There seemed to be an infinite number of possibilities.

  4. an infinite variety of choices

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Origin and Etymology of infinite

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


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infinite

noun

Definition of infinite

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

First Known Use of infinite

15th century

in the meaning defined above

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INFINITE Defined for English Language Learners

infinite

Definition of infinite for English Language Learners

  • : having no limits

  • : extremely large or great


INFINITE Defined for Kids

infinite

adjective in·fi·nite \ ˈin-fə-nət \

Definition of infinite for Students

1 : having no limits of any kind
  • the infinite universe
2 : seeming to be without limits
  • She took infinite care when handling chemicals.

infinitely

adverb
  • He is infinitely patient.

Headscratcher for infinite

Anything infinite is so big that it seems to have no limits, but anything infinitesimal is so small that it is almost impossible to measure.



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