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infinite Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the unlimited expanse in which everything is located
    • they tested his ability to locate objects in space
    • the boundless regions of the infinite
  2. adjective having no limits or boundaries in time or space or extent or magnitude
    • the infinite ingenuity of man
    • infinite wealth
  3. adjective of verbs; having neither person nor number nor mood (as a participle or gerund or infinitive)
    • infinite verb form
  4. adjective satellite too numerous to be counted
    unnumbered; numberless; unnumerable; innumerable; unnumberable; uncounted; myriad; multitudinous; innumerous; countless.
    • incalculable riches
    • countless hours
    • an infinite number of reasons
    • innumerable difficulties
    • the multitudinous seas
    • myriad stars
    • untold thousands
  5. adjective satellite total and all-embracing
    • God's infinite wisdom

In"fi*nite adjective
L. infinitus: cf. F. infini. See In- not, and Finite.
  1. Unlimited or boundless, in time or space; as, infinite duration or distance.
    Whatever is finite, as finite, will admit of no comparative relation with infinity; for whatever is less than infinite is still infinitely distant from infinity; and lower than infinite distance the lowest or least can not sink. H. Brooke.
  2. Without limit in power, capacity, knowledge, or excellence; boundless; immeasurably or inconceivably great; perfect; as, the infinite wisdom and goodness of God; -- opposed to finite.
    Great is our Lord, and of great power; his understanding is infinite. Ps. cxlvii. 5.
    O God, how infinite thou art! I. Watts.
  3. Indefinitely large or extensive; great; vast; immense; gigantic; prodigious.
    Infinite riches in a little room. Marlowe.
    Which infinite calamity shall cause To human life. Milton.
  4. (Math.) Greater than any assignable quantity of the same kind; -- said of certain quantities.
  5. (Mus.) Capable of endless repetition; -- said of certain forms of the canon, called also perpetual fugues, so constructed that their ends lead to their beginnings, and the performance may be incessantly repeated. Moore (Encyc. of Music). Syn. -- Boundless; immeasurable; illimitable; interminable; limitless; unlimited; endless; eternal.
In"fi*nite noun
  1. That which is infinite; boundless space or duration; infinity; boundlessness.
    Not till the weight is heaved from off the air, and the thunders roll down the horizon, will the serene light of God flow upon us, and the blue infinite embrace us again. J. Martineau.
  2. (Math.) An infinite quantity or magnitude.
  3. An infinity; an incalculable or very great number.
    Glittering chains, embroidered richly o'er With infinite of pearls and finest gold. Fanshawe.
  4. The Infinite Being; God; the Almighty.

Webster 1913