# infinity

[in-fin-i-tee]

- the quality or state of being infinite.
- something that is infinite.
- infinite space, time, or quantity.
- an infinite extent, amount, or number.
- an indefinitely great amount or number.
- Mathematics.
- the assumed limit of a sequence, series, etc., that increases without bound.
- infinite distance or an infinitely distant part of space.

- Photography.
- a distance between a subject and the camera so great that rays of light reflected from the subject may be regarded as parallel.
- a distance setting of the camera lens beyond which everything is in focus.

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## Origin of infinity^{}

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## Related Words

eternitycontinuitycontinuumspaceexpansemyriadperpetuityextentvastnessimmensityinfinitudeubiquitybeyondvastitude## Examples from the Web for infinity

### Contemporary Examples

#### Infinity War was a six-issue Marvel series published back in 1992.

Inside Marvel’s Phase 3: How ‘The Avengers’ Cross Paths with Black Panther and the New SuperheroesMarlow Stern

October 30, 2014

#### The Infinity Stones are six magical stones that, when inserted into the Infinity Gauntlet, grant the wearer infinite power.

Inside Marvel’s Phase 3: How ‘The Avengers’ Cross Paths with Black Panther and the New SuperheroesMarlow Stern

October 30, 2014

#### Unbeknownst to him, the orb contains an Infinity Stone, which holds within it the power to destroy entire planets.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Filmmaker James Gunn on His Glorious Space Opera and Rise to the A-ListMarlow Stern

August 3, 2014

#### Infinity Mirrored Room consists of roughly one hundred multicolored LED lights that pulsate at various speeds and patterns.

#### Infinity Broadcasting Operations was fined a total of $357,500 by the FCC, the maximum allowable amount.

### Historical Examples

#### Infinity and eternity will never be within the grasp of our understanding.

Casanova's HomecomingArthur Schnitzler

#### But the army of man has advanced vertically into infinity, and not been cut off.

Alarms and DiscursionsG. K. Chesterton

#### Therefore, if the human brain has the idea of infinity it is because of the existence of infinity.

Initiation into PhilosophyEmile Faguet

#### It is there infinity, and divides them into an infinite number of degrees.

Modern Painters Volume II (of V)John Ruskin

#### Infinity not rightly implied by vastness.frequency than their distinctness.

Modern Painters Volume II (of V)John Ruskin

## infinity

- the state or quality of being infinite
- endless time, space, or quantity
- an infinitely or indefinitely great number or amount
- optics photog a point that is far enough away from a lens, mirror, etc, for the light emitted by it to fall in parallel rays on the surface of the lens, etc
- physics a dimension or quantity of sufficient size to be unaffected by finite variations
- maths the concept of a value greater than any finite numerical value
- a distant ideal point at which two parallel lines are assumed to meet

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Symbol (for senses 4–7): ∞

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## Word Origin and History for infinity

### n.

late 14c., from Old French infinité "infinity; large number or quantity" (13c.), from Latin infinitatem (nominative infinitas) "boundlessness, endlessness," from infinitus boundless, unlimited" (see infinite). Infinitas was used as a loan-translation of Greek apeiria "infinity," from apeiros "endless."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

## infinity

[ĭn-fĭn′ĭ-tē]

- A space, extent of time, or quantity that has no limit.

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