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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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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 robot actually learned to make infinite subtle adjustments to stay upright while moving. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 July 2021 In recent days, state officials in their infinite wisdom also made headlines for the Tennessee Department of Health’s move to halt all vaccine outreach to adolescents. Andy Meek, BGR, 27 July 2021 The impossibility of fully knowing someone else, or indeed oneself (the inevitable lacunae!), is an eternal theme of fiction, framed in infinite ways. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Nordstrom is seemingly holding its biggest birthday bash to date, with a near-infinite number of products available at dangerously tempting price points. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 16 July 2021 The Kang that Loki and Sylvie meet is just one of an infinite number of Kangs that exist in various parallel universes. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 16 July 2021 In addition to the continuum hypothesis, most other questions about infinite sets turn out to be independent of ZFC as well. Quanta Magazine, 15 July 2021 Attention — yours, mine, the aggregation of all the human eyes, ears and brains on the planet — is a valuable and abundant commodity, renewable if not exactly infinite. New York Times, 15 July 2021 If…?, a Disney+ animated series that radically reimagines the events of the MCU through an infinite number of possibilities. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 8 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Instead of a wraith, scribbling on scraps, this Dickinson was meticulously constructing her legacy through poems that stowed away the infinite in the small. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2021 To study number theory and, specifically, continued fractions, requires being willing to embrace the infinite, says Havens. Popular Mechanics, 21 Feb. 2021 For Anaximander, the Earth and the heavens and all material things were caused by the infinite, although infinity itself was not a material substance. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 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 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of infinite

: having no limits
: extremely large or great


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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