Definition of infinite in English:

infinite

adjective

  • 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’
    • ‘In one split-second, it felt as though I had heard the words an infinite amount of times.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not to mention the seemingly infinite amount of equipment and crafting skills.’
    • ‘When you start out you have no money, no work and a seemingly infinite amount of time.’
    • ‘We now have the potential to produce an infinite amount of energy from this clean-burning fuel.’
    • ‘Even though there are big surpluses, if you want this big tax cut, there's not an infinite amount of money.’
    • ‘Since there's not an infinite amount of money, we have to choose.’
    • ‘Several of you wrote to correct our interpretation of the Special Theory that ‘to travel faster than light requires an infinite amount of energy’’
    • ‘There are an infinite amount of universes, crossing one another like a grid.’
    • ‘But even with an infinite amount of money, aging could not be conquered.’
    • ‘Moreover, a computer seems to have an infinite amount of patience and doesn't mind repeating lessons any number of times.’
    • ‘An infinite amount of time means that all sorts of crazy things will happen.’
    • ‘Since one can't draw a space/object of infinite size then one does the best to represent it.’
    • ‘We live on a tiny planet in a corner of a vast galaxy starred about with infinite space.’
    • ‘He said there was an infinite amount of hope but not for us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘Her dad used to call Claire ‘slow motion’ because she took an infinite amount of time at everything.’
      • ‘This idea of refinement carried to an infinite degree then began to be extended to liquids.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I got back to London I seemed to find an almost infinite amount of ways to avoid coming back to my flat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are an infinite amount of potential developments - incremental or catastrophic - that we could be discussing.’
      • ‘It has a designer wood ceiling and is open 360 degrees to the infinite desert sky.’
      • ‘They have a seemingly infinite amount of other style names here, but not that.’
      • ‘She felt like her mind was a sponge - soaking up infinite amounts of information that she would probably never hear again.’
      • ‘A tiny bit of soul is apparently of greater significance to the Almighty than infinite amounts of mindless body.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This makes for an infinite amount of music to check out.’
      • ‘Everything is in the gray area now; every decision must take into account an infinite amount of variables.’
      • ‘And there is an infinite amount of things to say, and reasons to apologize, and questions to ask.’
      very great, immense, supreme, absolute, total, real
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    2. 1.2Mathematics Greater than any assignable quantity or countable number.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One is an abstract philosophical point: infinite quantities and classical decision theory don't mix.’
      • ‘Mathematicians divide infinite sets into two categories, countable and uncountable sets.’
      • ‘Mathematicians have established that there is an infinite number of such solutions of the Riemann equation.’
      • ‘The surprising answer is that there is an infinite number of Fibonacci numbers with any chosen number as a factor!’
    3. 1.3Mathematics (of a series) able to be continued indefinitely.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Grammar

    another term for non-finite
    • ‘What I cannot grasp is how to determine if a sentence is finite or infinite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The infinite noun functions as nominative and as indefinite.’

noun

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

    ‘beyond the infinite, the space traveller is transformed’
    • ‘Aristotle famously rejects the infinite in mathematics and in physics, with some notable exceptions.’
    • ‘If God is incorporeal, Newton determined that God must be everywhere, pervading 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 very idea of God is a limitation on the infinite.’
    • ‘The Petronas Towers are placed on a central axis, framing a doorway to the infinite with the skybridge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An advertisement connects something with human desires; propaganda shapes the infinite into concrete images.’
    • ‘Hers is the ‘true love’ defined by Fichte that rejects any object whatever in order that it may launch into the infinite.’
    • ‘The infusion of space and time into memory creates a world-space for an intersubjective opening onto the infinite.’
    • ‘The aggressive people of the world are identifying with something less than infinity, and thus they are arrayed against the infinite.’
    • ‘A livelier scientific curiosity, one is inclined to think, might lead not to infinite regress but to progress toward the infinite.’
    • ‘Since all of our experiences involve finite objects, we lack a point of reference for dealing with 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.’
    • ‘He discusses the infinite, distinguishing between the potentially infinite and the actual infinite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With big canvases, these painters evoked 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.’
    • ‘At the same time, there was an exhilarating account of the infinite in Georg Cantor's set theory.’
    • ‘It is more complicated than the other axioms, and involves the infinite in a fundamental way.’
    1. 1.1the Infinite God.
      ‘intimations 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A man is no more than an ant in the presence 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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

infinite

/ˈɪnfɪnɪt/