Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Without stop or pause; constant. See Synonyms at continual.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without an end.
  • adj. Without stop or pause, incessant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without pause or end; incessant.
  • adv. Without intermission or end.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without a stop or pause; incessant; continual; that never stops or intermits; unending; never ceasing.
  • Endless; enduring forever: as, the ceaseless joys of heaven.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

Etymologies

cease +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Its tireless need for more will remain ceaseless because if need be, the ego will go as far as drawing that fatal line in the sand and avow death should anyone dare to cross it.

    Two Views of Mexico

  • It demands millions of sacrifices in ceaseless civil wars, it drums into our souls that there is no such thing as unchanging, universal concepts of goodness and justice, that they are all fluctuating and inconstant.

    Alexandr Solzhenitsyn - Nobel Lecture

  • Their frail precarious craft was in ceaseless peril.

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • He was quick and alert of movement, and his black eyes flashed from face to face in ceaseless scrutiny and challenge.

    In the Forests of the North

  • Thom crouched down by her husband's side, motionless as a bronze statue, only her eyes flashing from face to face in ceaseless search.

    In the Forests of the North

  • Nowhere is the stillness of the grave so deeply impressive; the feverish turmoil of the living, made up of pleasure, duty, labor, folly, sin, whirling in ceaseless movement about them, is less than the passing winds and the drops of rain to the tenants of those grounds, as they lie side by side, in crowded but unconscious company.

    Rural Hours

  • Swallows by scores, chimney, barn, and white-bellied, were sailing about us in ceaseless motion, now passing above, now below the bridge, often so near that we might almost have touched them.

    Rural Hours

  • Still I bear aloft from tropical seas, in ceaseless revolution round the world, those vapours which must descend in northern latitudes as dew, or rain, or snow.

    Parables From Nature

  • These honest and good-hearted creatures indeed called ceaseless attention to her superiority by their deference and open-mouthed admiration, and treated it as the most natural thing in the world that their young minister should be visibly "taken" with her.

    The Damnation of Theron Ware

  • She described in vivid terms the ceaseless care that with still renewing hunger ate into her soul; she compared this gnawing of sleepless expectation of evil, to the vulture that fed on the heart of Prometheus; under the influence of this eternal excitement, and of the interminable struggles she endured to combat and conceal it, she felt, she said, as if all the wheels and springs of the animal machine worked at double rate, and were fast consuming themselves.

    The Last Man

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