infinite : Common Errors in English

About infinite

When Shakespeare’s Enobarbus said of Cleopatra that “age cannot witherher, nor custom stale her infinite variety,” he was obviouslyexaggerating. So few are the literal uses of “infinite” that almostevery use of it is metaphorical. There is not an infinite number ofpossible positions on a chessboard, nor number of stars in the known universe. Things can be innumerable (inone sense of the word) without being infinite; in other words, thingswhich are beyond the human capacity to count can still be limitedin number. “Infinite” has its uses as a loose synonym for “a very greatmany,” but it is all too often lazily used when one doesn’t want to dothe work to discover the involved. When you aremaking quasi-scientific statements you do a disservice to your reader byimplying infinity when mere billions are involved.

infinite Meaning(s)

  • (n) the unlimited expanse in which everything is located
  • (a) having no limits or boundaries in time or space or extent or magnitude
  • (a) of verbs; having neither person nor number nor mood (as a participle or gerund or infinitive)
  • (s) too numerous to be counted
  • (s) total and all-embracing

infinite in News

  1. Belmont Park: Infinite Magic back on turf for Hill Prince Stakes

    ELMONT, N.Y. – After a failed experiment on dirt in the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes, Infinite Magic will return to turf in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Daily Racing Form

  2. Newest "Infinite Dial" Data Looks At News/Talk/Sports P1s

    Arbitron and Edison Research continue to release more results from their 2013 "Infinite Dial" study . After releasing additional data on AC, Urban, CHR, Religious, Country, Public Radioa and Classic Rock/Classic Hits P1s, the newest release examines News/Talk/Sports radio fans.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: FMQB

  3. "Infinite Dial" Study Focuses On Classic Rock/Hits Listeners

    Arbitron and Edison Research continue to release more results from their 2013 "Infinite Dial" study . After releasing addition data on AC, Urban, CHR, Religious, Country and Public Radio listeners, their latest update focuses on Classic Rock/Classic Hits P1s. According to the Infinite Dial 2013, 65 percent of Classic Rock/Hits P1 listeners have Wi-Fi in their homes, with just 19 percent living ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: FMQB

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