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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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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
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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."

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