endless

Definitions

  • Jack-Ladder, with Endless Chain. Mill in raised position for large log
    Jack-Ladder, with Endless Chain. Mill in raised position for large log
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj endless having the ends united so as to form a continuous whole "an endless chain"
    • adj endless having no known beginning and presumably no end "the dateless rise and fall of the tides","time is endless","sempiternal truth"
    • adj endless infinitely great in number "endless waves"
    • adj endless tiresomely long; seemingly without end "endless debates","an endless conversation","the wait seemed eternal","eternal quarreling","an interminable sermon"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness...
THE ENDLESS SONG THE ENDLESS SONG
ENDLESS TROUGH CONVEYER ENDLESS TROUGH CONVEYER
THE ENDLESS TALE THE ENDLESS TALE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Endless having a linear or ribbonlike form with the two ends connected together, such as in a circle, ellipse, torus, or any other closed loop. Belts or chains used in drive mechanisms are considered endless in this sense. See endless chain.
    • Endless Infinite; excessive; unlimited.
    • Endless Void of design; objectless; as, an endless pursuit.
    • Endless Without end; having no end or conclusion; perpetual; interminable; -- applied to length, and to duration; as, an endless line; endless time; endless bliss; endless praise; endless clamor.
    • Endless Without profitable end; fruitless; unsatisfying. "All loves are endless ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • endless Not having a termination; continuing without end, really or apparently; having no limit or conclusion: as, endless progression; endless bliss; the endless pursuit of an object.
    • endless Not having ends; returning upon itself so as to exhibit neither beginning nor end: as, an endless belt or chain; a circular race-course is endless.
    • endless Perpetually recurring; interminable; incessant; continual: as, endless praise; endless clamor.
    • endless Without object, purpose, or use.
    • endless Without profitable conclusion; fruitless.
    • endless Synonyms Eternal, everlasting, perpetual, unceasing, imperishable, uninterrupted, boundless, immeasurable, unlimited.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Endless without end: everlasting: objectless
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Quotations

  • Henri L. Bergson
    Henri L. Bergson
    “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly”
  • Shad Helmstetter
    Shad Helmstetter
    “You are everything that is, your thoughts, your life, your dreams come true. You are everything you choose to be. You are as unlimited as the endless universe.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless.”
  • Stephen King
    Stephen King
    “Only enemies speak the truth. Friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no past at my back.”
  • Hamlin Garland
    Hamlin Garland
    “There is no gilding of setting sun or glamour of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers wives.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. endeleás,. See End
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ende; cf. Ger. and Dan. ende, Goth. andeis; Sans. ánta.

Usage

In literature:

The forests were endless; there were none to hear a wanderer's cry for help.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
For a rational, but finite, being the only possibility is an endless progression from the lower to the higher degrees of perfection.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
There are endless details to be mastered.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
The House was in session day and night and there were endless demands on him.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
Tabs forgot the silly beginnings of this upset and the endless troubles it had caused.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
To Wilhelmine, in spite of her dauntless nature, these few seconds seemed endless.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
He was tired of fishing, tired of the old man's endless arguments, and tired of the obscene cow-hands.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
Their endless and futile discussion of what had happened tried his temper.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
It seemed endless to Slone, that ledge.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
We invited the party inside our tent, and they examined everything with curiosity, asking endless questions.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
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In poetry:

Nay, what is Nature's
Self, but an endless
Strife toward music,
Euphony, rhyme?
"England My Mother" by William Watson
And in lonely fields
Under ice and snow,
To his endless sleep
Laid the victim low.
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
Thou givest me the lot
Of those that fear thy name;
If endless life be their reward,
I shall possess the same.
"Psalm 61" by Isaac Watts
See here an endless ocean flows
Of never-failing grace;
Behold a dying Savior's veins
The sacred flood increase.
"Hymn 85" by Isaac Watts
A nose hangs over a wall
and two half eyes, sad eyes,
mute and handless, multiply
an endless round of victories.
"Notes On Vision" by James Douglas Morrison
If thou would'st reap in love,
First sow in holy fear:
So life a winter's morn may prove
To a bright endless year.
"The Circumcision Of Christ" by John Keble

In news:

This morning's Times Science Section takes up the endless debate and concludes (provisionally, of course).
Experience oceanfront living, the lifestyle of an endless summer.
The choices in the store seem endless - but are there sauces that really taste like homemade.
Don't Perpetuate a 'Culture of Endless Money.
Back to The HooK front page DR HOOK- Endless abuse: No cure for a personality disorder .
The only good news for the Republicans coming out of the seemingly endless presidential candidate "debates" is that some Republican leaders are now belatedly thinking about how they can avoid a repetition of this debacle in future elections.
Lining the endless shelves and hanging from the ceiling are dozens of piñatas, everything from soccer balls, beer bottles and tractors to dragons, princesses, superheroes and almost every cartoon character los niños will love.
The seemingly endless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, might make us believe we live in the most violent age ever seen.
EPPINGEN, Germany, October 21-In a world where expectations seem to endlessly ratchet downward, and things get cleaner, smaller and higher in fiber daily, one has to wonder where all the bigness went.
Now Pitfall and its star Harry have gotten a brand new update to help compliment his endless running skills in volcano threatened jungles, caves and towns.
Potpies might be my favorite kind of pie: They're warm, filling, savory and endlessly adaptable.
Whether your job is computer forensics or you're just tired of endless Microsoft Windows upgrades and patches, it's nice to keep a live Linux CD-ROM handy.
Kate Hudson's smile is simply stunning, endlessly infectious and a bad box office omen if it happens to grace the movie poster for one of her romantic comedies.
From setting up the nursery to thinking of names, the list is endless.
Celebrating the endlessly rewatchable and amazingly prescient caper film on its 20th birthday.
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In science:

The endless discussions about how to interpret the state |S i and resolve the corresponding “measurement” problem have been rightly criticized by Bell .
Choice of Consistent Family, and Quantum Incompatibility
After twelve years of running of LEP, and endless tests of QCD (or, rather, of its perturbative regime) we are in a situation akin to the one of the United States around mid-nineteenth century.
The LEP Trail to Non-Perturbative QCD
Paul Butler and Steve Vogt for their endless hours in obtaining the Keck/HIRES spectra. S.
Optical SETI: A Spectroscopic Search for Laser Emission from Nearby Stars
What happens in such a case is an endless gravitational collapse ensues, where the sole governing force is gravity.
Role of initial data in spherical collapse
It is clear that the possibilities are almost endless.
MODEST-1: Integrating Stellar Evolution and Stellar Dynamics
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