infinite

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adjective

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

infinite

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noun

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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Numbers may be infinite, but our names for them aren't. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2022 Time is not infinite, and all decisions have trade-offs. Christie Hunter Arscott, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2022 Treat your husband with lots of love, and know that love is infinite. Annie Lane, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2022 Black History Month is a celebration of diversity, of multi-dimensionality and of infinite possibility. Ariana Debose, Variety, 7 Feb. 2022 There was a sense of infinite storytelling possibility in Sharp Objects, the title and subject of which incidentally point us toward the source of Vallée’s strength as a storyteller: the cutting. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 28 Dec. 2021 In that era, the alt-weekly was the medium most comfortable publishing writing with high stakes, open ears, indelible flair, infinite possibility. New York Times, 8 Dec. 2021 To Shane Wiskus, the Cooke Hall gym always felt like a place of infinite possibility. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, 21 Nov. 2020 So far, the only thing to show for that budget is a single piece of concept art, but one that shows something immediately exciting: an outdoor setting, far removed from the near-infinite indoor space offered by The Oldest House. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022
Noun
California is the infinite, a place where vision can become reality and there’s always a blank page that needs filling. Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2022 Halloween Town is a mad dream of an infinite Oct. 31, a freaky-sweet ghoul society where Frankenladies and skullguys can fall in wonderful wuv. Darren Franich And Devan Coggan, EW.com, 7 Nov. 2022 People have recursion, which is the ability to make combinations indefinitely, in part because of a capacity to conceive of the infinite, Dr. Chomsky said. Dominique Mosbergen, WSJ, 2 Nov. 2022 Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite. Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 July 2022 Many of the components are or can be cloud-based, supporting high agility and near-infinite scalability. Tim Liu, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 The game's default modes save progress between levels, and the optional infinite-lives option is certainly appreciated. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 21 June 2022 Well, by tapping into all the infinite Evelyns out there, of course, and doing battle with a mysterious, cross-dimensional warlord. David Sims, The Atlantic, 25 Mar. 2022 The relationship between dimensions is key to calculus, as is the relationship from the finite to the infinite. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near infinite

Cite this Entry

“Infinite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infinite. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

infinite 1 of 2

adjective

in·​fi·​nite ˈin-fə-nət How to pronounce infinite (audio)
1
: being without limits of any kind : endless
infinite space
2
: seeming to be without limits : vast
infinite patience
infinite wealth
3
a
: lying or being beyond or being larger than any number no matter how large
the number of positive numbers is infinite
b
: having an infinite number of elements or terms
an infinite set
infinitely adverb

infinite

2 of 2

noun

: something that is infinite (as in number)

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