Definitions

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

  • n. The state or quality of being infinite.
  • n. An immeasurably large quantity, number, or extent: "[His designs contain] an infinitude of forest shadings for the scenes with animals” ( Alan Rich).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An infinite amount.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being infinite, or without limits; infiniteness.
  • n. Infinite extent; unlimited space; immensity; infinity.
  • n. Boundless number; countless multitude.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being the greatest possible, or inconceivably great: as, the infinitude of power or grace.
  • n. Infinite extension; infinity; innumerable or immeasurable quantity: as, an infinitude of space or of stars.

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

  • n. the quality of being infinite; without bound or limit
  • n. an infinite quantity

Etymologies

From French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thekla is more calm, and reposes more on itself; the love of Juliet gives us the idea of infinitude, and that of Thekla of eternity: the love of Juliet flows on with an increasing tide, like the river pouring to the ocean; and the love of Thekla stands unalterable, and enduring as the rock.

    Characteristics of Women Moral, Poetical, and Historical

  • And the sort of doctrines likely to be quoted would explain an assault at Anzio as much as the determination to recapitalize a failing venture: “Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm” “An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man” “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” “Insist on yourself; never imitate” “Trust thyself; every heart vibrates to that iron string” “In all my lectures I have taught but one doctrine, namely the infinitude of the private man.”

    Economic Principals

  • Material infinity is not particularly impressive; it is a potential infinitude rather than an actual infinitude I use 'infinitude' rather than 'infinity' because 'infinity' suggests a real collection of some sort, which is not quite what Aquinas is getting at.

    Archive 2005-06-01

  • There is a tranquil largeness, a kind of infinitude, about such an edifice; it soothes and purifies the spirit, it illuminates the mind.

    A Little Tour of France

  • The danger of arguing from the former kind of infinitude to the latter can not be overstated.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy or, the relation between spontaneous and reflective thought in Greece and the positive teaching of Christ and His Apostles

  • Perhaps religion has inspired so much distrust, conflict and war because ultimately, every coat covering infinitude must be shed.

    Alison Rose Levy: What Can Spiritual Seekers Learn from Scientists?

  • How ironic that, having renounced belief in God because God is not material or observable ... the atheist may be driven to postulate not one but an infinitude of unobservables in the material world itself!

    Matt J. Rossano: Are Infinities More Scientific Than God?

  • Keep in mind that structured populations come in an infinitude of shapes and flavors, while the well-mixed population is only one example, and a very particular one at that.

    SuperCooperators

  • A universe of mind-stuff and a civilising force constantly causing change, for change is growth, constantly compelling expression of that change — to conceive it is to conceive infinitude.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • It was a great moment, the master's moment -- caught all aback with all our bulk and tonnage and infinitude of gear, and our heaven-aspiring masts two hundred feet above our heads.

    CHAPTER XXVIII

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