in·​fi·​nite | \ ˈin-fə-nət How to pronounce infinite (audio) \

Essential Meaning of infinite

1 : having no limits : endless infinite space an infinite series of numbers
2 : extremely large or great She has infinite patience when she's dealing with children. There seemed to be an infinite number of possibilities. an infinite variety of choices

Full 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



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


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 The driver still needs to pay attention and be ready to resume control if any number of virtually infinite possibilities arise that the computer can’t compute. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 6 Aug. 2021 Having these kinds of magical hybrid creatures just allowed for infinite possibilities. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 30 July 2021 There's infinite possibilities with this thing that is pretty exciting and fans will be surprised by. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 28 July 2021 As a kid, the sea meant infinite possibilities for games, discoveries, and encounters. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 Patel says charcuterie boards offer infinite possibilities to find the perfect bite. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 25 June 2021 Some of these students dream about a bright future without aging and disease, while others take a more pragmatic view and see it as the hottest area in biomedical research with infinite possibilities. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Not to mention, there are infinite possibilities of jewelry that feels personal with birthstones and engraving options. Daisy Shaw-ellis, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2021 Rock & roll is often at its best when exploding dead-ends into infinite possibilities. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Themes begin to emerge for the viewer who discovers duality, blurred borders and materiality recycled into the infinite. John Zotos, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021 One case taken up by Friedman and Stanley concerned a family of graphs, each with an infinite — though countable — number of vertices. Quanta Magazine, 10 Aug. 2021 Can there actually be such a thing as an infinite set? Martin Goldstern, Scientific American, 16 Aug. 2021 The Best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview Deals 2021 Nordstrom seems to be planning its biggest birthday bash to date, with a near-infinite amount of products available at dangerously tempting price points. Talia Abba, Glamour, 12 July 2021 The infinite is embodied by a circle or a mirror in three striking entries. Washington Post, 2 July 2021 Their microbe silk fibers have not been able to compete with polyester’s cost, strength, and near-infinite supply. Max G. Levy, Wired, 28 June 2021 The scene exposes how insidiously childhood logic twists events into a kind of poisonous pretzel, infinite and self-perpetuating. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 30 Mar. 2021 In contrast to the infinite, neatly ordered networks that mathematicians have traditionally studied, networks derived from real examples are finite in extent and messy. Kelsey Houston-edwards, Scientific American, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of infinite


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infinite


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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in·​fi·​nite | \ ˈin-fə-nət How to pronounce infinite (audio) \

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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