from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Time without beginning or end; infinite time.
- n. The state or quality of being eternal.
- n. The timeless state following death.
- n. The afterlife; immortality.
- n. A very long or seemingly endless time: waited in the dentist's office for an eternity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Existence without end, infinite time.
- n. Existence outside of time.
- n. A period of time which extends infinitely far into the future.
- n. The remainder of time that elapses after death.
- n. A comparatively long time.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Infinite duration, without beginning in the past or end in the future; also, duration without end in the future; endless time.
- n. Condition which begins at death; immortality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition or quality of being eternal.
- n. The state of things in which the flow of time has ceased.
- n. Existence outside of the relations of time.
- n. The state or condition of existence preceding life, or subsequent to death.
- n. Indefinite duration of time or vast extent of space; anything that seems endless; endless round: as, an eternity of suspense; the great desert with its eternity of sand.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. time without end
- n. a seemingly endless time interval (waiting)
- n. a state of eternal existence believed in some religions to characterize the afterlife
Middle English eternite, from Old French, from Latin aeternitās, from aeternus, eternal; see eternal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin aeternitas. (Wiktionary)