Left to his or her own devices, the ways in which readers imagine fictional worlds made manifest are infinite.
Like Gates, Zuckerberg has infinite wealth, and he seems monomaniacal in his desire to see Facebook beat back any and all rivals.
Cameron's Conservatives still see the west coast as a land of infinite promise, ripe for policy plundering.
“Explaining Shakespeare is an infinite exercise,” Harold Bloom, the Shakespeare Scholar Supreme, has said.
Investigators must have long views, deep pockets, and infinite patience to try and try again.
The first thought is that of the infinite worth of the soul.
His gaze, however, though not its direction, was still to the infinite.
But divide a line of infinite length in the middle, and each part is infinite.
There was infinite pathos in the tones as she repeated the words so fraught with dreadfulness.
I was, of course, a person of infinite importance to my mother.
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.
mathematics
1. Bigger than any natural number. There are various formal set definitions in set theory: a set X is infinite if
(i) There is a bijection between X and a proper subset of X.
(ii) There is an injection from the set N of natural numbers to X.
(iii) There is an injection from each natural number n to X.
These definitions are not necessarily equivalent unless we accept the Axiom of Choice.
2. The length of a line extended indefinitely.
See also infinite loop, infinite set.
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