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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’- ‘Even though there are big surpluses, if you want this big tax cut, there's not an infinite amount of money.’
- ‘But even with an infinite amount of money, aging could not be conquered.’
- ‘Not to mention the seemingly infinite amount of equipment and crafting skills.’
- ‘Since there's not an infinite amount of money, we have to choose.’
- ‘When you start out you have no money, no work and a seemingly infinite amount of time.’
- ‘In one split-second, it felt as though I had heard the words an infinite amount of times.’
- ‘One problem with the current approach is that it implicitly assumes we can protect an infinite amount of information.’
- ‘Moreover, a computer seems to have an infinite amount of patience and doesn't mind repeating lessons any number of times.’
- ‘It has a hydroelectric motor, so it can effectively draw infinite amounts of electric power from the water.’
- ‘An infinite amount of time means that all sorts of crazy things will happen.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Since one can't draw a space/object of infinite size then one does the best to represent it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That is, an infinite amount of energy would have to be expended, via the accelerating force, to reach the speed of light.’
- ‘You can't point to an infinite amount of things.’
- ‘He said there was an infinite amount of hope but not for us.’
- ‘Well, that left open an infinite amount of possibilities.’
- ‘We live on a tiny planet in a corner of a vast galaxy starred about with infinite space.’
- ‘We now have the potential to produce an infinite amount of energy from this clean-burning fuel.’
boundless, unbounded, unlimited, limitless, without limit, without end, never-ending, interminable, cosmiccountless, uncountable, inestimable, indeterminable, innumerable, numberless, immeasurable, incalculable, untold, very manyView synonyms- 1.1 Very great in amount or degree.‘he bathed the wound with infinite care’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And there is an infinite amount of things to say, and reasons to apologize, and questions to ask.’
- ‘A tiny bit of soul is apparently of greater significance to the Almighty than infinite amounts of mindless body.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Her dad used to call Claire ‘slow motion’ because she took an infinite amount of time at everything.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This idea of refinement carried to an infinite degree then began to be extended to liquids.’
- ‘Everything is in the gray area now; every decision must take into account an infinite amount of variables.’
- ‘This makes for an infinite amount of music to check out.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It has a designer wood ceiling and is open 360 degrees to the infinite desert sky.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When I got back to London I seemed to find an almost infinite amount of ways to avoid coming back to my flat.’
- ‘She felt like her mind was a sponge - soaking up infinite amounts of information that she would probably never hear again.’
- ‘They have a seemingly infinite amount of other style names here, but not that.’
very great, immense, supreme, absolute, total, realView synonyms - 1.2Mathematics Greater than any assignable quantity or countable number.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The surprising answer is that there is an infinite number of Fibonacci numbers with any chosen number as a factor!’
- 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.’
- ‘He found square roots of numbers by use of an infinite series leading to an early investigation into continued fractions.’
- ‘Brouncker's mathematical achievements includes work on continued fractions and calculating logarithms by infinite series.’
- ‘The original theorem was concerned with summing infinite series.’
- ‘An infinite series of contingent beings will be, to my way of thinking, as unable to cause itself as one contingent being.’
2Grammar
another term for nonfinite- ‘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 infinite1A space or quantity that is infinite.
- ‘His reality was becoming his dreams and vice versa in an existence that eschewed the infinite in favor of the temporal and transient.’
- ‘The Petronas Towers are placed on a central axis, framing a doorway to the infinite with the skybridge.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Aristotle famously rejects the infinite in mathematics and in physics, with some notable exceptions.’
- ‘With big canvases, these painters evoked the infinite.’
- ‘The aggressive people of the world are identifying with something less than infinity, and thus they are arrayed against 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.’
- ‘If God is incorporeal, Newton determined that God must be everywhere, pervading 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.’
- ‘It is more complicated than the other axioms, and involves the infinite in a fundamental way.’
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘The infusion of space and time into memory creates a world-space for an intersubjective opening onto the infinite.’
- ‘An advertisement connects something with human desires; propaganda shapes the infinite into concrete images.’
- ‘The very idea of God is a limitation on 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.’
- 1.1the Infinite God.
- ‘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.’
- ‘A man is no more than an ant in the presence 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.’
Origin
Late Middle English: from Latin infinitus, from in- not + finitus finished, finite (see finite).
Pronunciation
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