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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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  • This made him a nuisance, and a source of endless trouble in the family.

    The Jungle Upton Sinclair
  • The endless struggle for life had taught the survivors many things.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Late at night I would hear from afar their stumbling footsteps and their voices raised in endless argument.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • And why all these endless preparations if these men of Martindale were not killers?

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The ball had possession of the ground floor and first floor, and the house seemed to be endless.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for endless


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 endless

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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