1. [syn: eternity, infinity]
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5 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Infinity \In*fin"i*ty\, n.; pl. Infinities. [L. infinitas;
pref. in- not + finis boundary, limit, end: cf. F.
infinit['e]. See Finite.]
1. Unlimited extent of time, space, or quantity; eternity;
boundlessness; immensity. --Sir T. More.
There can not be more infinities than one; for one
of them would limit the other. --Sir W.
2. Unlimited capacity, energy, excellence, or knowledge; as,
the infinity of God and his perfections. --Hooker.
3. Endless or indefinite number; great multitude; as an
infinity of beauties. --Broome.
4. (Math.) A quantity greater than any assignable quantity of
the same kind.
Note: Mathematically considered, infinity is always a limit
of a variable quantity, resulting from a particular
supposition made upon the varying element which enters
it. --Davies & Peck (Math. Dict.).
5. (Geom.) That part of a line, or of a plane, or of space,
which is infinitely distant. In modern geometry, parallel
lines or planes are sometimes treated as lines or planes
meeting at infinity.
Circle at infinity, an imaginary circle at infinity,
through which, in geometry of three dimensions, every
sphere is imagined to pass.
Circular points at infinity. See under Circular.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: time without end [syn: eternity, infinity]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
153 Moby Thesaurus words for "infinity":
Gaussian integer, aesthetic distance, algebraic number, ampleness,
amplitude, astronomical number, billion, boundlessness, bulk,
cardinal, cardinal number, ceaselessness, clearance, coeternity,
compass, complex number, constancy, continualness, continuance,
deep space, defective number, depths of space, distance,
divergence, durability, endlessness, enormity, enormousness,
eternalness, eternity, even number, ever-duringness,
everlastingness, everness, everywhereness, expanse, extension,
extent, farness, finite number, foreverness, formidableness,
fraction, fullness, gigantism, glory, googol, googolplex, grandeur,
grandness, great scope, greatness, holiness, hugeness,
imaginary number, immensity, immutability, impair, incessancy,
indestructibility, infinite duration, infinite goodness,
infinite justice, infinite love, infinite mercy, infinite power,
infinite wisdom, infinitude, integer, intensity, interminability,
irrational, irrational number, jillion, large number, largeness,
leeway, length, lengthiness, light, light-years, linear measures,
long time, longitude, longness, magnitude, majesty, margin,
measure, might, mightiness, mileage, mixed number, muchness,
never-endingness, omnipotence, omnipotency, omnipresence,
omniscience, omnisciency, ordinal, overall length, pair, parsecs,
perdurability, perenniality, perennialness, permanence,
perpetualness, perpetuity, perspective, piece, plenitude,
polygonal number, power, prime number, prodigiousness,
pure imaginary, range, rational, rational number, reach, real,
real number, rectangular number, remoteness, round number,
sempiternity, separation, serial number, sovereignty, space, span,
stability, strength, stretch, stride, stupendousness, surd,
timelessness, transcendental number, transfinite number,
tremendousness, trillion, ubiquity, unceasingness, unity, vastness,
way, ways, whole number, yardage, zillion
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
1. The largest value that can be represented in a particular type of
variable (register, memory location, data type, whatever).
2. minus infinity: The smallest such value, not necessarily or even usually
the simple negation of plus infinity. In N-bit twos-complement arithmetic,
infinity is 2^N-1 - 1 but minus infinity is - (2^N-1), not -(2^N-1 - 1).
Note also that this is different from time T equals minus infinity, which
is closer to a mathematician's usage of infinity.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
1. The size of something infinite.
Using the word in the context of sets is sloppy, since
different infinite sets aren't necessarily the same size
cardinality as each other.
See also aleph 0
2. The largest value that can be represented in
a particular type of variable (register, memory location,
data type, whatever).
See also minus infinity.