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[end-lis] /ˈɛnd lɪs/
having or seeming to have no end, limit, or conclusion; boundless; infinite; interminable; incessant:
an endless series of complaints; Time is endless.
made continuous, as by joining the two ends of a single length:
an endless chain or belt.
Origin of endless
before 900; Middle English endelees, Old English endelēas. See end1, -less
Related forms
endlessly, adverb
endlessness, noun
quasi-endless, adjective
quasi-endlessly, adverb
1. limitless, illimitable, unending, unceasing, continuous, perpetual. See eternal. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The endlessness of such a subtly cruel situation was appalling—if you think of it.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Such is the endlessness, yea, the intolerableness of all earthly effort.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • Theresa felt herself bewildered by the endlessness and the dirt of it.

    Yonder Emily Hilda Young
  • There can be no deep friendship which does not sign for endlessness.

  • The fact of our endlessness at once puts a certain order into life.

    Our Lady Saint Mary

    J. G. H. Barry
  • The empty land, the endlessness of the ocean, and the excess of light disposed me somewhat toward mysticism.

    Life and Death Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • The serpent slipping from one skin to another coils steadily into the symbol of endlessness.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • I felt the eternal flames taking hold on me, and some foretaste of their endlessness seemed to enter into my being.

    Spiritual Adventures Arthur Symons
  • Of her originally sprang the inspired teaching of the doom of men to excruciation in endlessness.

  • Time was an endlessness whose vanishing left its illusion unchanged.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
British Dictionary definitions for endlessness


having or seeming to have no end; eternal or infinite
continuing too long or continually recurring
formed with the ends joined: an endless belt
Derived Forms
endlessly, adverb
endlessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for endlessness



Old English endeleas; see end (n.) + -less. Related: Endlessly. Old English used endeleasnes for "infinity, eternity."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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