Definition of infinite in English:



  • 1Limitless or endless in space, extent, or size; impossible to measure or calculate:

    ‘the infinite mercy of God’
    ‘the infinite number of stars in the universe’
    • ‘We now have the potential to produce an infinite amount of energy from this clean-burning fuel.’
    • ‘Since there's not an infinite amount of money, we have to choose.’
    • ‘Not to mention the seemingly infinite amount of equipment and crafting skills.’
    • ‘Since one can't draw a space/object of infinite size then one does the best to represent it.’
    • ‘He said there was an infinite amount of hope but not for us.’
    • ‘Even though there are big surpluses, if you want this big tax cut, there's not an infinite amount of money.’
    • ‘In one split-second, it felt as though I had heard the words an infinite amount of times.’
    • ‘Well, that left open an infinite amount of possibilities.’
    • ‘One problem with the current approach is that it implicitly assumes we can protect an infinite amount of information.’
    • ‘You can't point to an infinite amount of things.’
    • ‘It has a hydroelectric motor, so it can effectively draw infinite amounts of electric power from the water.’
    • ‘I have an almost infinite amount to say about this subject, but it doesn't look like I'm going to have time to say it for a few days.’
    • ‘Moreover, a computer seems to have an infinite amount of patience and doesn't mind repeating lessons any number of times.’
    • ‘But even with an infinite amount of money, aging could not be conquered.’
    • ‘When you start out you have no money, no work and a seemingly infinite amount of time.’
    • ‘An infinite amount of time means that all sorts of crazy things will happen.’
    • ‘Several of you wrote to correct our interpretation of the Special Theory that ‘to travel faster than light requires an infinite amount of energy’’
    • ‘We live on a tiny planet in a corner of a vast galaxy starred about with infinite space.’
    • ‘There are an infinite amount of universes, crossing one another like a grid.’
    • ‘That is, an infinite amount of energy would have to be expended, via the accelerating force, to reach the speed of light.’
    boundless, unbounded, unlimited, limitless, without limit, without end, never-ending, interminable, cosmic
    countless, uncountable, inestimable, indeterminable, innumerable, numberless, immeasurable, incalculable, untold, very many
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    1. 1.1 Very great in amount or degree:
      ‘he bathed the wound with infinite care’
      • ‘There is one bank and a pyramid about 2 feet tall held together by an infinite amount of splinters and you will be taking some home with you whether you like it or not.’
      • ‘Now, being able to look at my toes while standing upright will have absolutely no use of course, but it will give me an infinite amount of satisfaction.’
      • ‘The person I bumped into, who apparently had an infinite amount more grace than I did, managed to stay standing, and offered a hand to me to help me up.’
      • ‘It has a designer wood ceiling and is open 360 degrees to the infinite desert sky.’
      • ‘This idea of refinement carried to an infinite degree then began to be extended to liquids.’
      • ‘There are an infinite amount of potential developments - incremental or catastrophic - that we could be discussing.’
      • ‘In response, Hubbard says that risk studies aren't usually based on cataclysms for which a bank would have to hold infinite amounts of capital.’
      • ‘This makes for an infinite amount of music to check out.’
      • ‘A tiny bit of soul is apparently of greater significance to the Almighty than infinite amounts of mindless body.’
      • ‘And there is an infinite amount of things to say, and reasons to apologize, and questions to ask.’
      • ‘I guess it could be the infinite amount of raindrops that incessantly keep dropping onto me that sends me into this light bout of dizziness.’
      • ‘They have a seemingly infinite amount of other style names here, but not that.’
      • ‘Everything is in the gray area now; every decision must take into account an infinite amount of variables.’
      • ‘Trust me, an infinite amount of people ask me what camera I use, and the advertising is surely worth more money than a measly 300 bucks or so.’
      • ‘A believer in the need to perfect prioritisation, Mulligan says that with an infinite amount of work to get through, he has to make choices - both for work and personal life.’
      • ‘Given the infinite amount of stuff out there it's pointless to pretend that you can experience it all, but I think it's wrong to not be bothered and just ignore it all.’
      • ‘Her dad used to call Claire ‘slow motion’ because she took an infinite amount of time at everything.’
      • ‘She felt like her mind was a sponge - soaking up infinite amounts of information that she would probably never hear again.’
      • ‘She had made it clear that she was more than capable of being happy without him having to offer a helping hand, and that bothered him to an infinite degree.’
      • ‘When I got back to London I seemed to find an almost infinite amount of ways to avoid coming back to my flat.’
      very great, immense, supreme, absolute, total, real
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    2. 1.2Mathematics Greater than any assignable quantity or countable number.
      • ‘One is an abstract philosophical point: infinite quantities and classical decision theory don't mix.’
      • ‘The surprising answer is that there is an infinite number of Fibonacci numbers with any chosen number as a factor!’
      • ‘Mathematicians have established that there is an infinite number of such solutions of the Riemann equation.’
      • ‘Mathematicians divide infinite sets into two categories, countable and uncountable sets.’
      • ‘It is possible that a theory of quantum gravity might enable physicists to calculate what happens deep inside a black hole without having all mathematical quantities becoming infinite.’
    3. 1.3Mathematics (of a series) able to be continued indefinitely.
      • ‘He made substantial contributions to the analytical theory of numbers and worked on elliptic functions, continued fractions, and infinite series.’
      • ‘Brouncker's mathematical achievements includes work on continued fractions and calculating logarithms by infinite series.’
      • ‘An infinite series of contingent beings will be, to my way of thinking, as unable to cause itself as one contingent being.’
      • ‘The original theorem was concerned with summing infinite series.’
      • ‘He found square roots of numbers by use of an infinite series leading to an early investigation into continued fractions.’
  • 2Grammar

    another term for non-finite
    • ‘The infinite noun functions as nominative and as indefinite.’
    • ‘In this case the modal auxiliary carries the tense, aspect and person; therefore, the verb that follows should be in its bare infinite, nonfinite form.’
    • ‘What I cannot grasp is how to determine if a sentence is finite or infinite.’


the infinite
  • 1A space or quantity that is infinite:

    ‘beyond the infinite, the space traveller is transformed’
    • ‘With big canvases, these painters evoked the infinite.’
    • ‘Since all of our experiences involve finite objects, we lack a point of reference for dealing with the infinite.’
    • ‘It is more complicated than the other axioms, and involves the infinite in a fundamental way.’
    • ‘When it looks up at the stars, then closes its eyes, shutting itself off from its surroundings, it evokes in the viewer a longing for the infinite.’
    • ‘Eventually, exception to the actual infinite became exception to the idea that the infinite could be a legitimate object of mathematical study at all.’
    • ‘An advertisement connects something with human desires; propaganda shapes the infinite into concrete images.’
    • ‘The Petronas Towers are placed on a central axis, framing a doorway to the infinite with the skybridge.’
    • ‘The very idea of God is a limitation on the infinite.’
    • ‘Hers is the ‘true love’ defined by Fichte that rejects any object whatever in order that it may launch into the infinite.’
    • ‘At the same time, there was an exhilarating account of the infinite in Georg Cantor's set theory.’
    • ‘Aristotle famously rejects the infinite in mathematics and in physics, with some notable exceptions.’
    • ‘A livelier scientific curiosity, one is inclined to think, might lead not to infinite regress but to progress toward the infinite.’
    • ‘If you express this vibration - the frequency of love, in its true, unconditional sense, you will connect with the same frequency out there in the infinite.’
    • ‘He also wrote on space and time, both of which he believed were finite, ‘proving’ his assertion with a paradox of the infinite.’
    • ‘The infusion of space and time into memory creates a world-space for an intersubjective opening onto the infinite.’
    • ‘If God is incorporeal, Newton determined that God must be everywhere, pervading the infinite.’
    • ‘His reality was becoming his dreams and vice versa in an existence that eschewed the infinite in favor of the temporal and transient.’
    • ‘He discusses the infinite, distinguishing between the potentially infinite and the actual infinite.’
    • ‘The aggressive people of the world are identifying with something less than infinity, and thus they are arrayed against the infinite.’
    1. 1.1the Infinite God:
      ‘intimations of the infinite’
      • ‘You can see this brush of the infinite on the faces of anyone's who's mourning, even on the face of one who considers himself an agnostic, or an atheist.’
      • ‘He claimed to be able to see things with greater clarity than ever before in his life and that he had touched the face of the infinite.’
      • ‘Nothing finite, nothing bound up in this world, can compare to the infinite.’
      • ‘For Hooker, the joy of human encounter with the world lies in that the created order issues forth a call of the infinite.’
      • ‘A man is no more than an ant in the presence of the infinite.’


Late Middle English: from Latin infinitus, from in- not + finitus finished, finite (see finite).