Definition of infinite in English:

infinite

Syllabification: in·fi·nite
Pronunciation: /ˈinfənit
 
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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
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    • 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.
    • Since there's not an infinite amount of money, we have to choose.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Very great in amount or degree: he bathed the wound with infinite care
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 1.2 Mathematics Greater than any assignable quantity or countable number.
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    • 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.
    • The surprising answer is that there is an infinite number of Fibonacci numbers with any chosen number as a factor!
  • 1.3 Mathematics (Of a series) able to be continued indefinitely.
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    • He made substantial contributions to the analytical theory of numbers and worked on elliptic functions, continued fractions, and infinite series.
    • An infinite series of contingent beings will be, to my way of thinking, as unable to cause itself as one contingent being.
    • Brouncker's mathematical achievements includes work on continued fractions and calculating logarithms by infinite series.
  • 2 Grammar another term for nonfinite.
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    • The infinite noun functions as nominative and as indefinite.
    • 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.

noun

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  • 1A space or quantity that is infinite.
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    • At the same time, there was an exhilarating account of the infinite in Georg Cantor's set theory.
    • He discusses the infinite, distinguishing between the potentially infinite and the actual infinite.
    • It is more complicated than the other axioms, and involves the infinite in a fundamental way.
  • 1.1 (the Infinite) God.
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    • 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.
    • 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.

Derivatives

infinitely

adverb
[as submodifier]: the pay is infinitely better
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  • Herein, of course, lies the conundrum at the heart of all writings about this infinitely complex man.
  • It's like trying to forecast next week's weather, only infinitely more complex.
  • Real life can often be infinitely more complex and convoluted than any popular drama.

infiniteness

noun
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  • Since Islam forbids human representation in art, some artists create stylized human and animal forms along with geometric shapes and patterns to imply the infiniteness of God.
  • Some philosophers believe there is only one thing unending beyond death and the inconceivable infiniteness of the universe.
  • When the western frontier's apparent boundlessness was revealed as only ostensible - when lines were measured and laid down across it, disproving its infiniteness - this escape route was cut off.

Origin

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

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