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in·fin·i·tes·i·mal

 (ĭn′fĭn-ĭ-tĕs′ə-məl)
adj.
1. Immeasurably or incalculably minute.
2. Mathematics Capable of having values approaching zero as a limit.
n.
1. An immeasurably or incalculably minute amount or quantity.
2. Mathematics A function or variable continuously approaching zero as a limit.

[From New Latin īnfīnītēsimus, infinite in rank, from Latin īnfīnītus, infinite; see infinite.]

in′fin·i·tes′i·mal·ly adv.

infinitesimal

(ˌɪnfɪnɪˈtɛsɪməl)
adj
1. infinitely or immeasurably small
2. (Mathematics) maths of, relating to, or involving a small change in the value of a variable that approaches zero as a limit
n
(Mathematics) maths an infinitesimal quantity
ˌinfiniˈtesimally adv

in•fin•i•tes•i•mal

(ˌɪn fɪn ɪˈtɛs ə məl)

adj.
1. indefinitely or exceedingly small; minute.
2. immeasurably small; less than an assignable quantity: to an infinitesimal degree.
3. of, pertaining to, or involving infinitesimals.
n.
4. an infinitesimal quantity.
5. Math. a variable having zero as a limit.
[1645–55; < New Latin infīnītēsim(us) (Latin infīnīt(us) infinite + -ēsimus suffix of ordinal numerals) + -al1]
in`fin•i•tes`i•mal′i•ty, in`fin•i•tes′i•mal•ness, n.
in`fin•i•tes′i•mal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.infinitesimal - (mathematics) a variable that has zero as its limit
variable quantity, variable - a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
Adj.1.infinitesimal - infinitely or immeasurably smallinfinitesimal - infinitely or immeasurably small; "two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm"; "reduced to a microscopic scale"
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"

infinitesimal

adjective microscopic, minute, tiny, wee, atomic, insignificant, negligible, minuscule, teeny, teeny-weeny, unnoticeable, teensy-weensy, inappreciable mineral substances present in infinitesimal amounts in the soil
great, large, huge, vast, enormous, infinite

infinitesimal

adjective
So minute as not to be discernible:
Translations
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[ˌɪnfɪnɪˈtesɪməl] ADJinfinitesimal

infinitesimal

[ˌɪnfɪnɪˈtɛsɪməl] adjinfinitésimal(e)

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[ˌɪnf/ɛ7nɪˈtɛsɪml] adjinfinitesimale
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