infinitive

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n infinitive the uninflected form of the verb
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The infinite sign is called a lemniscate.
    • n Infinitive (Gram) An infinitive form of the verb; a verb in the infinitive mood; the infinitive mood.
    • adv Infinitive (Gram) In the manner of an infinitive mood.
    • n Infinitive Unlimited; not bounded or restricted; undefined.With the auxiliary verbs may can must might could would, and should, the simple infinitive is expressed without to; as, you may speak; they must hear, etc. The infinitive usually omits to with the verbs let dare do bid make see hear need, etc.; as, let me go; you dare not tell; make him work; hear him talk, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • infinitive In grammar, unlimited; indefinite: noting a certain verb-form sometimes called the infinitive mode. See II.
    • n infinitive In grammar, a certain verb-form expressing the general sense of the verb without restriction in regard to person or number, as English give, German geben, French donner, Latin dare, Greek διδόναι. In the grammar of Latin and of the most familiar modern languages, it is used as the representative form of the whole verb-system. It is by origin simply a verbal noun in an oblique case (oftenest dative); and hence its tendency to use with a stereo-typed prefixed preposition, as to in English, zu(= English to) in German, at (= English at) in Scandinavian, de (‘of’) or à (‘to’) in French, and so on; but the preposition is no part of the infinitive. In the old grammars, and in many recent ones, it is called a mode; but the term is objectionable, and is going out of use. Abbreviated infinitive
    • n infinitive An endless quantity or number; an infinity.
    • n infinitive a name conveniently used to designate briefly the infinitive phrase consisting of the infinitive proper (for example, ‘designate,’ below) and the so-called ‘sign,’ the preposition ‘to,’ when separated by a qualifying adverb or phrase, as in ‘to briefly designate,’ ‘to readily understand,’ ‘to suddenly and completely change one's attitude.’ This use is in high disfavor with literary critics and purists who write upon the subject, but it occurs abundantly in English literature from the seventeenth century down. Nearly every ‘standard author’ is ‘guilty’ of it, as Fitzedward Hall and others have shown, and it is thoroughly established in popular speech. It is often dictated by a sense of rhythm, the placing of the adverb after the verb and before the week adjunct or object which follows the verb resulting often in disharmony of rhythm and stress. The idiom is a perfectly natural development of the conditions given—a verb to be qualified, a stress qualifier, and an unstressed syllable (to) of no definite meaning. This syllable to is instinctively treated as a or the is treated in a similarly stressed sequence of adjective and noun (‘a brief designation,’ ‘the proper order,’ etc.)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Infinitive in-fin′it-iv (lit.) unlimited, unrestricted:
    • adj Infinitive in-fin′it-iv (gram.) the mood of the verb which expresses the idea without person or number
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Quotations

  • Aldous Huxley
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    “Most human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”
  • George Bancroft
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    “Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the infinite.”
  • Michael Monahan
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    “In making up the character of God, the old theologians failed to mention that He is of infinite cheerfulness. The omission has caused the world much tribulation.”
  • Alphonse De Lamartine
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    “Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Every situation, every moment -- is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.”
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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    “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. infinitivus,: cf. F. infinitif,. See Infinite
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. infinitivus.

Usage

In literature:

This form, as it is the most simple, so it is infinitely the most general.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Fanny Gilkan would follow the dogs closely, too, with infinite swing and zest.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Such are the powers of becoming heavy or light, infinitely large or infinitely small and of emitting flames.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Endued with might infinitely greater, Vishnu, however, did not afflict him much.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
They were spread above us in infinite numbers, and of remarkable brilliancy.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
A world may be limited, but its influence cannot; its body may have bounds, but its soul is infinite.
"Recreations in Astronomy" by Henry Warren
She stood now looking down with infinite pity on the stricken form and face of her late pupil.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
From the scrub ahead came his quiet song, infinitely sweet, infinitely plaintive like the faint, soft echo of a fairy's dream.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
Our infinite model would be taken away.
"Unity of Good" by Mary Baker Eddy
It takes hold of eternity, voices the infinite, and governs the universe.
"No and Yes" by Mary Baker Eddy
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In poetry:

We needs must part. Until the happier day
When Art, our Lord, his thralls shall re-unite,
Companions sweet, Farewell and Wellaway,
Fly home, ye may, to your blue Infinite!
"Epilogue" by Paul Verlaine
Yea, but what Master? Lift the veil, O Time!
Where lie the bounds of Space and whither dwells
The Power unseen--the infinite Unknown?
Faint from afar the solemn answer fell:
"Beyond" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
He leads them to the height
Named of the infinite and long-sought Good,
And fountains of delight;
And where his feet have stood
Springs up, along the way, their tender food.
"Life Of The Blessed" by William Cullen Bryant
In my sky at twilight you are like a cloud
and your form and colour are the way I love them.
You are mine, mine, woman with sweet lips
and in your life my infinite dreams live.
"In My Sky At Twilight" by Pablo Neruda
Then fell a shadow first on thee and me,
And tendrils broke that held us two how dearly!
Once infinitely thine, then hourly, yearly,
Less thine, as less the worthy thine to be.
"The First Food" by George Sterling
Thou art in small things great, not small in any:
Thy even praise can neither rise, nor fall.
Thou art in all things one, in each thing many:
For thou art infinite in one and all.
"Providence" by George Herbert

In news:

'Infinite Jest ' Sees Sales Bump Following DFW Biography.
So a bunch of folks are reading David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest this summer and blogging about it.
Infinite Summer kicked things off and A Supposedly Fun Blog is the stomping grounds for IJ musings from a bunch of political types.
Editor's Note: This year marks the tenth anniversary of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest .
The duo that is Vox Machina , Tim Jones (aka Mister Tim) and Matt Murphy, describe the project as "Two voices, two loop pedals, infinite sounds".
In fact, it's verging on Very Good, showing infinite promise as a fun spot.
Given the infinite variety of public works projects, quantifying the value of the legislation's $130-billion infrastructure allocation is particularly difficult.
An infinitely small particle of little relevance.
'The Life of Pi' perfect in an infinite number of ways.
OOLTEWAH, TN (BRAIN)—For the second year in a row, Quintana Roo (QR) will partner with Infinit Nutrition to give away a new 2011 CD0.1 frameset at midnight on January 1.
IG is the fastest, infinitely scalable , RAM and disk-based graph database on the market.
The duo that is Vox Machina, Tim Jones (aka Mister Tim) and Matt Murphy, describe the project as "Two voices, two loop pedals, infinite sounds".
Hostess's Infinite Shelf Life .
He died more than 20 years ago in DC Comics' universe-changing "Crisis on Infinite Earths.".
Ken Levine Explains that Bioshock Infinite's Bland Cover is for 'Frathouse Appeal'.
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In science:

Key words. Weak dependence, infinite-range correlations, asymptotic properties, statistical power, sample size, efficiency.
On "Strong control, conservative point estimation and simultaneous conservative consistency of false discovery rates": Does a large number of tests obviate confidence intervals of the FDR?
Hentschel H G E and Procaccia I: "The infinite number of generalized dimensions of fractals and strange attractors".
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
The complexity of the social phenomena is infinite.
How Far Can We Go Through Social System?: Algorithmic Information Social Theories
The complexity of sociological thought is infinite.
How Far Can We Go Through Social System?: Algorithmic Information Social Theories
The histograms are fit with Gaussian functions centered on h0 and with a standard deviation s. We recall that the Hölder exponent h is related to the Hurst exponent H for a monofractal noise by h=H-1 for an infinitely long time series.
A Multifractal Dynamical Model of Human Gait
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