interminable


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Related to interminable: irrelevantly, exulting

interminable

boringly protracted; unending; incessant: interminable whining
Not to be confused with:
indeterminable – incapable of being ascertained, measured, or fixed; incapable of being decided: an indeterminable conflict
indeterminate – lacking precision or clarity; not known in advance: an indeterminate amount of time

in·ter·mi·na·ble

 (ĭn-tûr′mə-nə-bəl)
adj.
Being or seeming to be without an end; endless: an interminable wait at the airport. See Synonyms at continual.

in·ter′mi·na·bil′i·ty n.
in·ter′mi·na·bly adv.

interminable

(ɪnˈtɜːmɪnəbəl)
adj
endless or seemingly endless because of monotony or tiresome length
inˌterminaˈbility, inˈterminableness n
inˈterminably adv

in•ter•mi•na•ble

(ɪnˈtɜr mə nə bəl)

adj.
1. having no apparent limit or end; unending: an interminable job.
2. monotonously or annoyingly protracted or continued; incessant: interminable talk.
[1325–75; Middle English < Late Latin interminābilis]
in•ter`mi•na•bil′i•ty, n.
in•ter′mi•na•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.interminable - tiresomely long; seemingly without end; "endless debates"; "an endless conversation"; "the wait seemed eternal"; "eternal quarreling"; "an interminable sermon"
long - primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified; "a long life"; "a long boring speech"; "a long time"; "a long friendship"; "a long game"; "long ago"; "an hour long"

interminable

interminable

adjective
Translations

interminable

[ɪnˈtɜːmɪnəbl] ADJ [speech, rain, journey etc] → interminable

interminable

[ɪnˈtɜːrmɪnəbəl] adjinterminable
The waiting seemed interminable → L'attente semblait interminable.

interminable

adjendlos; after what seemed an interminable journeynach einer Reise, die nicht enden zu wollen schien

interminable

[ɪnˈtɜːmɪnəbl] adjinterminabile
References in classic literature ?
A study of the interminable biographies of Chinese poets and men of letters would reveal but a few professional poets, men whose lives were wholly devoted to their art; and of these few the T`ang dynasty can claim nearly all.
After a time that seemed interminable, they emerged from the circling wood.
And still the interminable procession came out of the obscurity to south and passed into the obscurity to north, with never a sound of voice, nor hoof, nor wheel.
For more than ten years an interminable lawsuit coiled itself closer and closer round the place, sequestering it from human habitation, and even from human approach.
I FIRST HEARD OF Antonia on what seemed to me an interminable journey across the great midland plain of North America.
Th' undying voice of that dead time, With its interminable chime, Rings, in the spirit of a spell, Upon thy emptiness - a knell.
However, time seemed interminable then, and I thought there would be enough of it for me in which to read all Spanish literature; or, at least, I did not propose to do anything less.
A dolorous place it was, this canoe house, filled with groans and sighs, corpses beneath the floor and composing the floor, creatures soon to be corpses upon the floor, corpses swinging in aerial sepulchre overhead, long black canoes, high-ended like beaked predatory monsters, dimly looming in the light of a slow fire where sat an ancient of the tribe of Somo at his interminable task of smoke-curing a bushman's head.
And I, the long time intimate of John Barleycorn, knew just what he promised me--maggots of fancy, dreams of power, forgetfulness, anything and everything save whirling washers, revolving mangles, humming centrifugal wringers, and fancy starch and interminable processions of duck trousers moving in steam under my flying iron.
The old man was up, betimes, next morning, and waited impatiently for the appearance of his new associate, who after a delay that seemed interminable, at length presented himself, and commenced a voracious assault on the breakfast.
But when I saw these sleek, shiny carcasses shimmering in the sunlight as they emerged from the ocean, shaking their giant heads; when I saw the waters roll from their sinuous bodies in miniature waterfalls as they glided hither and thither, now upon the surface, now half submerged; as I saw them meet, open-mouthed, hissing and snorting, in their titanic and interminable warring I realized how futile is man's poor, weak imagination by comparison with Nature's incredible genius.
The counterpane was of patchwork, full of odd little parti-colored squares and triangles; and this arm of his tattooed all over with an interminable Cretan labyrinth of a figure, no two parts of which were of one precise shade --owing I suppose to his keeping his arm at sea unmethodically in sun and shade, his shirt sleeves irregularly rolled up at various times --this same arm of his, I say, looked for all the world like a strip of that same patchwork quilt.