infinite
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɪnfɪnɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɪnfɪnɪt/, /ˈɪnfənɪt/
Adjective

infinite

  1. Indefinably large, countlessly great; immense. [from 14th c.]
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 40, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book I, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      The number is so infinite, that verily it would be an easier matter for me to reckon up those that have feared the same.
    • Whatever is finite, as finite, will admit of no comparative relation with infinity; for whatever is less than infinite is still infinitely distant from infinity; and lower than infinite distance the lowest or least cannot sink.
    • infinite riches in a little room
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      which infinite calamity shall cause to human life
  2. Boundless, endless, without end or limits; innumerable. [from 15th c.]
    • Bible, Psalms cxlvii. 5
      Great is our Lord, and of great power; his understanding is infinite.
  3. (with plural noun) Infinitely many. [from 15th c.]
    • 2012, Helen Donelan, ‎Karen Kear, ‎Magnus Ramage, Online Communication and Collaboration: A Reader
      Huxley's theory says that if you provide infinite monkeys with infinite typewriters, some monkey somewhere will eventually create a masterpiece – a play by Shakespeare, a Platonic dialogue, or an economic treatise by Adam Smith.
  4. (mathematics) Greater than any positive quantity or magnitude; limitless. [from 17th c.]
  5. (set theory, of a set) Having infinitely many elements.
    • For any infinite set, there is a 1-1 correspondence between it and at least one of its proper subsets. For example, there is a 1-1 correspondence between the set of natural numbers and the set of squares of natural numbers, which is a proper subset of the set of natural numbers.
  6. (grammar) Not limited by person or number. [from 19th c.]
  7. (music) Capable of endless repetition; said of certain forms of the canon, also called perpetual fugues, constructed so that their ends lead to their beginnings.
Synonyms Antonyms Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • French: un nombre infini de
Translations Translations
  • French: infini
  • German: unendlich groß
  • Portuguese: infinito
  • Russian: бесконе́чный
Numeral
  1. Infinitely many.
Noun

infinite (plural infinites)

  1. Something that is infinite in nature.
    • 2004, Teun Koetsier, ‎Luc Bergmans, Mathematics and the Divine: A Historical Study (page 449)
      Cautiously, Hobbes avoided asserting the equality of these infinites, and explicitly characterized the relation between them as non-inequality.



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