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Infinite vs. Infinity: Know the Difference

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Infinite is an adjective describing something without limits or end, while infinity is a noun representing the concept of endlessness or boundlessness.
Infinite vs. Infinity

Key Differences

Infinite, often used as an adjective, describes something without limits or end. Infinity, however, is a noun that represents the concept of an endless quantity or extent. While infinite characterizes an unbounded nature, like an infinite universe, infinity refers to the abstract idea of boundlessness itself.
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In mathematics, infinite is used to describe sets or quantities that are uncountably large, such as the infinite number of points on a line. Infinity, in contrast, is a specific mathematical concept, often represented by the symbol ∞, signifying an unattainable or unending value. Infinite quantities can approach infinity, but infinity itself is not a number or a countable quantity.
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In literature and philosophy, the term infinite is used to express limitless possibilities or endlessness in attributes, such as infinite wisdom. Infinity, in these contexts, is the idea of something that is beyond the finite, often used in discussions about the universe or metaphysical concepts. Infinite can describe attributes of objects or concepts, whereas infinity is a state or quality that those objects or concepts may possess.
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In everyday language, infinite is commonly used to exaggerate or emphasize a vast extent, like infinite patience. Infinity, meanwhile, tends to appear in more technical or philosophical discussions, maintaining its literal meaning of something without any limit. Infinite is a descriptive term that can be applied in various contexts, whereas infinity is a specific term with a narrower scope of use.
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When describing time, infinite refers to something with no beginning or end, such as an entity existing for infinite years. Infinity, in time-related discussions, is the conceptual endpoint or extent that can never be reached, signifying endless duration. Infinite, therefore, can be used to describe temporal extents, while infinity represents the unachievable limit of those extents.
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Comparison Chart

Part of Speech

Describes a quality (adjective)
A thing or concept (noun)
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Usage

Qualifies objects or concepts
Represents a concept or quantity
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Contexts

Broad, used in everyday language and various fields
More specific, often in mathematical or theoretical contexts
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Connotation

Can be figurative or literal
Usually more abstract and theoretical
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Examples

"Infinite space," "infinite possibilities"
"The concept of infinity," "approaching infinity"
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Infinite and Infinity Definitions

Infinite

Endlessly continuing
The infinite loop in the program caused a crash.
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Infinity

A point in space or time that is infinitely distant
The stars seemed to stretch to infinity.
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Infinite

Subject to no limitation or external determination
In a world of infinite possibilities, choice becomes paramount.
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Infinity

A point at which a function or sequence becomes unbounded
The graph approached infinity at certain points.
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Infinite

Unbounded in extent or size
The universe is thought to be infinite.
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Infinity

A state of endlessness
The mathematician pondered the concept of infinity.
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Infinite

Limitless in quantity or magnitude
She had infinite patience with the children.
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Infinity

The quality of being infinite
Infinity is a difficult concept to fully comprehend.
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Infinite

Having no boundaries or limits; impossible to measure or calculate.
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Infinity

The quality or condition of being infinite.
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Infinite

Immeasurably great or large; boundless
Infinite patience.
A discovery of infinite importance.
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Infinity

Unbounded space, time, or quantity.
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Infinite

Existing beyond or being greater than any arbitrarily large value.
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Infinity

An indefinitely large number or amount.
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Infinite

Unlimited in spatial extent
A line of infinite length.
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Infinity

(Mathematics) The limit that a function  is said to approach at x = a when (x) is larger than any preassigned number for all x sufficiently near a.
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Infinite

Of or relating to a set capable of being put into one-to-one correspondence with a proper subset of itself.
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Infinity

A range in relation to an optical system, such as a camera lens, representing distances great enough that light rays reflected from objects within the range may be regarded as parallel.
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Infinite

Something infinite.
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Infinity

A distance setting, as on a camera, beyond which the entire field is in focus.
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Infinite

Indefinably large, countlessly great; immense.
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Infinity

(uncountable) endlessness, unlimitedness, absence of a beginning, end or limits to size.
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Infinite

Boundless, endless, without end or limits; innumerable.
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Infinity

A number that has an infinite numerical value that cannot be counted.
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Infinite

(with plural noun) Infinitely many.
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Infinity

An idealised point which is said to be approached by sequences of values whose magnitudes increase without bound.
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Infinite

(mathematics) Greater than any positive quantity or magnitude; limitless.
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Infinity

(uncountable) A number which is very large compared to some characteristic number. For example, in optics, an object which is much further away than the focal length of a lens is said to be "at infinity", as the distance of the image from the lens varies very little as the distance increases further.
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Infinite

Having infinitely many elements.
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Infinity

The symbol ∞. Category:en:Infinity
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Infinite

(grammar) Not limited by person or number.
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Infinity

Unlimited extent of time, space, or quantity; eternity; boundlessness; immensity.
There can not be more infinities than one; for one of them would limit the other.
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Infinite

(music) Capable of endless repetition; said of certain forms of the canon, also called perpetual fugues, constructed so that their ends lead to their beginnings.
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Infinity

Unlimited capacity, energy, excellence, or knowledge; as, the infinity of God and his perfections.
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Infinite

Infinitely many.
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Infinity

Endless or indefinite number; great multitude; as an infinity of beauties.
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Infinite

Something that is infinite in nature.
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Infinity

A quantity greater than any assignable quantity of the same kind.
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Infinite

(video games) A combo that can be used repeatedly without interruption.
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Infinity

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.
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Infinite

Unlimited or boundless, in time or space; as, infinite duration or distance.
Whatever is finite, as finite, will admit of no comparative relation with infinity; for whatever is less than infinite is still infinitely distant from infinity; and lower than infinite distance the lowest or least can not sink.
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Infinity

Time without end
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Infinite

Without limit in power, capacity, knowledge, or excellence; boundless; immeasurably or inconceivably great; perfect; as, the infinite wisdom and goodness of God; - opposed to finite.
Great is our Lord, and of great power; his understanding is infinite.
O God, how infinite thou art!
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Infinity

A quantity greater than any assignable quantity or countable number
The series approaches infinity.
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Infinite

Indefinitely large or extensive; great; vast; immense; gigantic; prodigious.
Infinite riches in a little room.
Which infinite calamity shall causeTo human life.
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Infinite

Greater than any assignable quantity of the same kind; - said of certain quantities.
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Infinite

Capable of endless repetition; - said of certain forms of the canon, called also perpetual fugues, so constructed that their ends lead to their beginnings, and the performance may be incessantly repeated.
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Infinite

That which is infinite; boundless space or duration; infinity; boundlessness.
Not till the weight is heaved from off the air, and the thunders roll down the horizon, will the serene light of God flow upon us, and the blue infinite embrace us again.
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Infinite

An infinite quantity or magnitude.
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Infinite

An infinity; an incalculable or very great number.
Glittering chains, embroidered richly o'erWith infinite of pearls and finest gold.
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Infinite

The Infinite Being; God; the Almighty.
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Infinite

Having no limits or boundaries in time or space or extent or magnitude;
The infinite ingenuity of man
Infinite wealth
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Infinite

Of verbs; having neither person nor number nor mood (as a participle or gerund or infinitive);
Infinite verb form
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Infinite

Too numerous to be counted;
Incalculable riches
Countless hours
An infinite number of reasons
Innumerable difficulties
The multitudinous seas
Myriad stars
Untold thousands
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Infinite

Total and all-embracing;
God's infinite wisdom
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Infinite

Immeasurably great
He showed infinite wisdom in his decision.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is "infinite" always used in a literal sense?

No, it can be used figuratively to emphasize vastness or limitlessness.
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Can "infinite" be used to describe time?

Yes, like in the phrase "infinite time," suggesting endless duration.
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Can "infinity" be used in everyday language?

Yes, but it's more commonly used in mathematical or theoretical contexts.
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Can something be "more infinite" or "less infinite"?

No, infinite implies absolute limitlessness; it can't be quantified in degrees.
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Is the concept of infinity used in physics?

Yes, especially in cosmology and theoretical physics.
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Is there a symbol for infinity in mathematics?

Yes, the lemniscate (∞) is commonly used.
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Are "infinite" and "infinity" interchangeable?

No, they're different parts of speech and serve different grammatical functions.
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Can "infinite" be used in a negative context?

Yes, such as "infinite sadness" or "infinite despair."
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Is infinity a real number in mathematics?

No, it's a concept representing an unbounded quantity, not a specific number.
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Can "infinite" apply to abstract concepts?

Yes, like "infinite love" or "infinite potential."
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Is infinity always related to size or quantity?

Primarily, but it can also represent abstract concepts like endless time.
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Is "infinite" a quantitative or qualitative descriptor?

It can be both, depending on its usage and context.
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Is the concept of infinity universally accepted in philosophy?

It's widely discussed, but interpretations vary among different philosophical schools.
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Does infinity have different meanings in different contexts?

Yes, its interpretation can vary in mathematics, philosophy, and everyday language.
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Can infinity be visualized or represented graphically?

It's challenging, but certain symbols like the infinity loop (∞) are used as representations.
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Does infinity have practical applications?

In fields like calculus and theoretical physics, yes.
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Are there different types of infinity in mathematics?

Yes, such as countable and uncountable infinity.
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Can "infinite" be used in a hyperbolic sense?

Absolutely, often to exaggerate for effect.
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Can we experience anything infinite in real life?

Directly experiencing infinity is not possible due to its abstract nature.
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Is "infinity" a concept found in all cultures?

While the concept exists broadly, its understanding and representation vary across cultures.
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