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

Definition of infinite

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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 Scarcity — the quality that gives offline art its value — was hard to replicate online, because anyone who downloaded a file could copy and paste it an infinite number of times, with no loss in quality. New York Times, "Buy This Column on the Blockchain!," 24 Mar. 2021 This may not be the multifront war that many are dreading, with an infinite number of new viral versions. Vaughn Cooper, Scientific American, "The Coronavirus Variants Don't Seem to Be Highly Variable So Far," 24 Mar. 2021 For Clubhouse, which relies on unvetted users to produce live content across a seemingly infinite number of topics, the challenge will be ensuring what happens on the app is compelling enough to keep listeners coming back. Heather Somerville, WSJ, "Clubhouse, Other Live-Conversation Apps Fill a Void in Our Social Lives—For Now," 21 Mar. 2021 Newsom’s name is not permitted on that list, which, under the law, can feature an infinite number of candidates. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "'Of course, I’m worried about it': Gavin Newsom shifts to campaign mode as California recall gets real," 16 Mar. 2021 This would allow the materials to be recycled an infinite number of times. James Conca, Forbes, "Recycling Plastics And Other Important Materials Needs Some Real Help," 12 Mar. 2021 It’s the genre of speculation, of infinite possibilities. Jason Kehe, Wired, "Bliss Is the Worst Kind of Open-Ended Sci-Fi Movie," 5 Feb. 2021 This moment is bigger than my wildest infinite dreams. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Leyna Bloom becomes first transgender woman of color in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue," 17 Mar. 2021 No memorial, no matter how grand or artful, can encompass the infinite varieties of pain, or comfort everyone who experienced a global pandemic. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "How Will We Remember This?," 15 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The scene exposes how insidiously childhood logic twists events into a kind of poisonous pretzel, infinite and self-perpetuating. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Unending Assaults on Girlhood," 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, "The Mathematics of How Connections Become Global," 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, "Alena Smith’s Subversive “Dickinson”," 25 Feb. 2021 To study number theory and, specifically, continued fractions, requires being willing to embrace the infinite, says Havens. Popular Mechanics, "This Inmate Used Solitary Confinement to Learn Math. Now He's Solving the World's Hardest Equations," 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, "‘It Seems That I Know How the Universe Originated’," 8 Feb. 2021 Both cemeteries perch above the Mediterranean, their tombs and mausoleums white and gold in the sun, stretched before them the infinite, ever-changing ocean, and above, the vast, eternal sky. Claire Messud, The New York Review of Books, "The Dream of Pure Expression," 17 Nov. 2020 Considering the near-infinite differences in political views, family dynamics and child psychology, there is not a one-size-fits-all way to help your children make sense of political life. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "How to talk to kids about the election and fraught politics," 30 Oct. 2020 Eubanks, at 28-years-old, the oldest player in the league, doesn’t have infinite tries left. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Clayster has lost more than most, and that’s why he could become one of the winningest ever as the Empire chase a CDL world title," 21 Aug. 2020

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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 11 Apr. 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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