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[uhn-koun-tuh-buh l] /ʌnˈkaʊn tə bəl/
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
1350-1400; Middle English; see un-1, countable Unabridged
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  • These Mullas danced; they crouched down in the dreadful cold, thinking to warm their hands at these uncountable fires.

    The Three Mulla-mulgars Walter De La Mare
  • Outside and above the colony there were uncountable myriads of stars.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • She was surrounded on every hand by uncountable distant stars.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • There were clickings, uncountable clickings that made a background for all the rest.

    Planet of Dread Murray Leinster
  • Nobody knew what Ind was, any longer, but it was a synonym for fabulous and uncountable riches.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • The instances of fisher help to merchantmen in peril are uncounted and uncountable.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • He was uncountable millions of light-years from his own people.

    The Colors of Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • During the day hosts of carpenters tore off uncountable shingles devastated by white ants.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
British Dictionary definitions for uncountable


too many to be counted; innumerable
(linguistics) denoting a noun that does not refer to an isolable object See mass noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uncountable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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uncountable in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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