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infinite

[in-fuh-nit]
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adjective
  1. immeasurably great: an infinite capacity for forgiveness.
  2. indefinitely or exceedingly great: infinite sums of money.
  3. unlimited or unmeasurable in extent of space, duration of time, etc.: the infinite nature of outer space.
  4. unbounded or unlimited; boundless; endless: God's infinite mercy.
  5. Mathematics.
    1. not finite.
    2. (of a set) having elements that can be put into one-to-one correspondence with a subset that is not the given set.
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noun
  1. something that is infinite.
  2. Mathematics. an infinite quantity or magnitude.
  3. the boundless regions of space.
  4. the Infinite (Being), God.
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Origin of infinite

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin infīnītus boundless. See in-3, finite
Related formsin·fi·nite·ly, adverbin·fi·nite·ness, nounnon·in·fi·nite, adjective, nounnon·in·fi·nite·ly, adverbnon·in·fi·nite·ness, nounqua·si-in·fi·nite, adjectivequa·si-in·fi·nite·ly, adverbsu·per·in·fi·nite, adjectivesu·per·in·fi·nite·ly, adverbsu·per·in·fi·nite·ness, nounun·in·fi·nite, adjectiveun·in·fi·nite·ly, adverbun·in·fi·nite·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. enormous, immense, tremendous.

Antonyms

1. small, limited.
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  • It was only the infinite mercy of God that I didn't kill him.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • For a race which has the infinite as its goal the word must be on and on.

  • Of the Infinite the finite mind can only catch a finite glimpse.

  • That is my chief point with regard to the Infinite—that it must be here.

  • His gaze, however, though not its direction, was still to the infinite.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for infinite

infinite

adjective
    1. having no limits or boundaries in time, space, extent, or magnitude
    2. (as noun; preceded by the)the infinite
  1. extremely or immeasurably great or numerousinfinite wealth
  2. all-embracing, absolute, or totalGod's infinite wisdom
  3. maths
    1. having an unlimited number of digits, factors, terms, members, etcan infinite series
    2. (of a set) able to be put in a one-to-one correspondence with part of itself
    3. (of an integral) having infinity as one or both limits of integrationCompare finite (def. 2)
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Derived Formsinfinitely, adverbinfiniteness, noun
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Word Origin and History for infinite

adj.

late 14c., "eternal, limitless," also "extremely great in number," from Old French infinit "endless, boundless," and directly from Latin infinitus "unbounded, unlimited," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + finitus "defining, definite," from finis "end" (see finish). The noun meaning "that which is infinite" is from 1580s.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

infinite in Science

infinite

[ĭnfə-nĭt]
  1. Relating to a set that can be put into a one-to-one correspondence with some proper subset of its own members.
  2. Relating to or being a numerical quantity describing the size of such a set.
  3. Being without an upper or lower numerical bound.
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