[uhn-koun-tuh-buh l]


not countable; incapable of having the total precisely ascertained: uncountable colonies of bacteria; uncountable kindnesses and small favors.
indefinitely large in number; infinite: the uncountable days of eternity.

Origin of uncountable

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at un-1, countable
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Contemporary Examples of uncountable

Historical Examples of uncountable

  • Outside and above the colony there were uncountable myriads of stars.

    Sand Doom

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • He was uncountable millions of light-years from his own people.

    The Colors of Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • The sameness of them stretched for uncountable yards in all directions.


    Therese Windser

  • And that from an old bachelor, with uncountable money-bags, to his only nephew!

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • She was surrounded on every hand by uncountable distant stars.

    Talents, Incorporated

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

British Dictionary definitions for uncountable



too many to be counted; innumerable
linguistics denoting a noun that does not refer to an isolable objectSee mass noun
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Word Origin and History for uncountable

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + count + -able.

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