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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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Examples from the Web for endlessness
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
  • She felt like one who held Eternity's hand, and went out with that great guide into the endlessness of supreme perfection.

    The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
  • Theresa felt herself bewildered by the endlessness and the dirt of it.

    Yonder Emily Hilda Young
  • The serpent slipping from one skin to another coils steadily into the symbol of endlessness.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • 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
  • Of her originally sprang the inspired teaching of the doom of men to excruciation in endlessness.

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

    Life and Death Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Infinity in the Hegelian sense does not partake in any way of this endlessness, or of the unreality which attaches to it.

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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