# infinity

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## in·fin·i·ty

(ĭn-fĭn′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. in·fin·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being infinite.
2. Unbounded space, time, or quantity.
3. An indefinitely large number or amount.
4. Mathematics The limit that a function ƒ is said to approach at x = a when ƒ(x) is larger than any preassigned number for all x sufficiently near a.
5.
a. A range in relation to an optical system, such as a camera lens, representing distances great enough that light rays reflected from objects within the range may be regarded as parallel.
b. A distance setting, as on a camera, beyond which the entire field is in focus.

## infinity

(ɪnˈfɪnɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being infinite
2. endless time, space, or quantity
3. an infinitely or indefinitely great number or amount
4. (General Physics) optics photog a point that is far enough away from a lens, mirror, etc, for the light emitted by it to fall in parallel rays on the surface of the lens, etc
5. (General Physics) physics a dimension or quantity of sufficient size to be unaffected by finite variations
6. (Mathematics) maths the concept of a value greater than any finite numerical value
7. (Mathematics) a distant ideal point at which two parallel lines are assumed to meet
Symbol (for senses 4–7):

## in•fin•i•ty

(ɪnˈfɪn ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being infinite.
2. something that is infinite.
3. infinite space, time, or quantity.
4. an infinite extent, amount, or number.
5. an indefinitely great amount or number.
6. Math.
a. the assumed limit of a sequence, series, etc., that increases without bound.
b. infinite distance or an infinitely distant part of space.
7. a distance setting of a camera lens beyond which everything is in focus.
[14th c.; Middle English < Latin infīnitās=in- in-3 + fīni(s) boundary]

## in·fin·i·ty

(ĭn-fĭn′ĭ-tē)
A space, extent of time, or quantity that has no limit.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 infinity - time without end      eternitytime - the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the pastalpha and omega - the first and last; signifies God's eternity

## infinity

noun the darkness of a starless night stretching into infinity
Related words
fear apeirophobia
Quotations
"The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me" [Pascal Pensées]
"Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark,"
"And shares the nature of infinity" [William Wordsworth The Borderers]

## infinity

noun
1. The state or quality of being infinite:
2. The totality of time without beginning or end:
Translations
عدد غَيْر مَحْدود، كميَّه لا مُتَناهِيَهلا تَناهي، لا مَحْدوديَّه
nekonečno
uendelighed
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beskonačnostbeskrajnost
végtelenség
óendanleg stærîóendanleiki
infinitate
nekonečno
beskonačnost
oändlighet
sınırsızlıksonsuzluk

## infinity

[ɪnˈfɪnɪtɪ] N (gen) → (Math) →
an infinity ofuna infinidad de, un sinfín de

## infinity

[ɪnˈfɪnɪti] n
(MATHEMATICS) (= number) →
(= huge number) an infinity of → une infinité de
(= point) →
to stretch to infinity → s'étendre jusqu'à l'infini

## infinity

n (lit)Unendlichkeit f; (fig also)Grenzenlosigkeit f; (Math) → das Unendliche; to infinity(bis) ins Unendliche; in infinityin der Unendlichkeit/im Unendlichen; to focus on infinity (Phot) → (auf) Unendlich einstellen; an infinity of reasons/details/possibilitiesunendlich viele Gründe/Einzelheiten/Möglichkeiten; I have an infinity of things to doich habe unendlich viel zu tun

## infinity

[ɪnˈfɪnɪtɪ] n (infiniteness) → infinità; (in time, space) (Math) → infinito

## infinite

1. without end or limits. We believe that space is infinite.
2. very great. Infinite damage could be caused by such a mistake.
extremely; to a very great degree. The time at which our sun will finally cease to burn is infinitely far away.
ˈinfiniteness noun
inˈfinity (-ˈfi-) noun
1. space, time or quantity that is without limit, or is immeasurably great or small.
2. in mathematics, an indefinitely large number, quantity or distance. Parallel lines meet at infinity.
References in classic literature ?
The third part was an unvarying quantity, but the first and second parts could be varied an infinite number of times.
My memory of it is of an age-long suffering of fear in the midst of a murderous crew, and of an infinite number of glasses of red wine passing across the bare boards of a wine-drenched table and going down my burning throat.
You call me a Circle; but in reality I am not a Circle, but an infinite number of Circles, of size varying from a Point to a Circle of thirteen inches in diameter, one placed on the top of the other.
sire, I know nothing about it; it is not of me that question should be asked, but of that infinite number of officers of all kinds, to whom have been given innumerable orders of all kinds, whilst to me, head of the expedition, nothing precise was said or stated in any form whatever.
Here was also an infinite number of fowls of many kinds, some which I had seen, and some which I had not seen before, and many of them very good meat, but such as I knew not the names of, except those called penguins.
Noel Vanstone thereupon explained -- with an infinite number of parentheses all referring to himself -- that Mrs.
But there is not a shadow of evidence in favour of this view: to assert that we could not breed our cart and race-horses, long and short-horned cattle, and poultry of various breeds, and esculent vegetables, for an almost infinite number of generations, would be opposed to all experience.
An infinite number of things.
I inferred that the infinite number of minute bubbles which I had first seen against the under surface of the ice were now frozen in likewise, and that each, in its degree, had operated like a burning-glass on the ice beneath to melt and rot it.
The sound of an infinite number of rivers came up from all round.
The most humble clerks such as our deacons and sacristans, bless with holy water sprinklers, which resemble an infinite number of blessing fingers.
She sketched lightly, upon the blank vista down which they walked, the little white house and the tremulous old lady rising from behind her tea-table to greet her with faltering words about "my son's friends," and was on the point of asking Ralph to tell her what she might expect, when he jerked open one of the infinite number of identical wooden doors, and led her up a tiled path to a porch in the Alpine style of architecture.

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