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infinite

[in-fuh-nit] /ˈɪn fə nɪt/
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.
noun
6.
something that is infinite.
7.
Mathematics. an infinite quantity or magnitude.
8.
the boundless regions of space.
9.
the Infinite (Being) God.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin infīnītus boundless. See in-3, finite
Related forms
infinitely, adverb
infiniteness, noun
noninfinite, adjective, noun
noninfinitely, adverb
noninfiniteness, noun
quasi-infinite, adjective
quasi-infinitely, adverb
superinfinite, adjective
superinfinitely, adverb
superinfiniteness, noun
uninfinite, adjective
uninfinitely, adverb
uninfiniteness, noun
Synonyms
1. enormous, immense, tremendous.
Antonyms
1. small, limited.
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British Dictionary definitions for in finite

infinite

/ˈɪnfɪnɪt/
adjective
1.
  1. having no limits or boundaries in time, space, extent, or magnitude
  2. (as noun; preceded by the) the infinite
2.
extremely or immeasurably great or numerous infinite wealth
3.
all-embracing, absolute, or total God's infinite wisdom
4.
(maths)
  1. having an unlimited number of digits, factors, terms, members, etc an 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 integration Compare finite (sense 2)
Derived Forms
infinitely, adverb
infiniteness, noun
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Word Origin and History for in finite

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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in finite in Science
infinite
  (ĭn'fə-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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