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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:
Noun1.infinity - time without endinfinity - time without end      
time - the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
alpha and omega - the first and last; signifies God's eternity

infinity

noun eternity, vastness, immensity, perpetuity, endlessness, infinitude, boundlessness 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
Translations
عدد غَيْر مَحْدود، كميَّه لا مُتَناهِيَهلا تَناهي، لا مَحْدوديَّه
nekonečno
uendelighed
ääretönäärettömyysloputtomuusrajattomuus
beskonačnostbeskrajnost
végtelenség
óendanleg stærîóendanleiki
infinitate
nekonečno
beskonačnost
oändlighet
sınırsızlıksonsuzluk

infinity

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

infinity

[ɪnˈfɪnɪti] n
(MATHEMATICS) (= number) → infini m
(= huge number) an infinity of → une infinité de
(= point) → infinité f
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

(ˈinfinit) adjective
1. without end or limits. We believe that space is infinite.
2. very great. Infinite damage could be caused by such a mistake.
ˈinfinitely adverb
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 ?
I'm one of those people who think that infinity is big enough for us all--and eternity long enough.
There was an infinity of firmest fortitude, a determinate unsurrenderable wilfulness, in the fixed and fearless, forward dedication of that glance.
Bragge, had such an infinity of applications; every body was anxious to be in her family, for she moves in the first circle.
But supposing the beauty equal on both sides, it does not follow that the inclinations must be therefore alike, for it is not every beauty that excites love, some but pleasing the eye without winning the affection; and if every sort of beauty excited love and won the heart, the will would wander vaguely to and fro unable to make choice of any; for as there is an infinity of beautiful objects there must be an infinity of inclinations, and true love, I have heard it said, is indivisible, and must be voluntary and not compelled.
And this is a result to be desired, not only in order to the invention of an infinity of arts, by which we might be enabled to enjoy without any trouble the fruits of the earth, and all its comforts, but also and especially for the preservation of health, which is without doubt, of all the blessings of this life, the first and fundamental one; for the mind is so intimately dependent upon the condition and relation of the organs of the body, that if any means can ever be found to render men wiser and more ingenious than hitherto, I believe that it is in medicine they must be sought for.
If we therefore take his ideas on this point as the criterion of truth, we shall be driven to the alternative either of taking refuge at once in the arms of monarchy, or of splitting ourselves into an infinity of little, jealous, clashing, tumultuous commonwealths, the wretched nurseries of unceasing discord, and the miserable objects of universal pity or contempt.
My volition shrinks from the painful task of recalling my humiliation; yet, like a second Prometheus, I will endure this and worse, if by any means I may arouse in the interiors of Plane and Solid Humanity a spirit of rebellion against the Conceit which would limit our Dimensions to Two or Three or any number short of Infinity.
Then silence that passed into an infinity of suspense.
I exercise myself in reflection, and consequently with me every primary cause at once draws after itself another still more primary, and so on to infinity.
I was son of Jove, but I went through an infinity of suffering, for I became bondsman to one who was far beneath me--a low fellow who set me all manner of labours.
Let them exercise their sublime and boasted reason, I said to myself, in endeavoring to comprehend infinity in any thing, and we will note the result
And, like all fine arts, it must be based upon a broad, solid sincerity, which, like a law of Nature, rules an infinity of different phenomena.