Thursday, November 29, 2007

Word of the Day: infinitude

Sentence: "A symphony is a musical epic. We might say that it is like a voyage leading from one thing to another, farther and farther away through the infinitude of the exterior between the abyss of the infinitely large and the abyss of the infinitely small. The voyage of variations leads into that other infinitude, into the infinite diversity of the interior world lying hidden in all things." - Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

in·fin·i·tude (ĭn-fĭn'ĭ-tōōd', -tyōōd') n.

The state or quality of being infinite.

An immeasurably large quantity, number, or extent: "[His designs contain] an infinitude of forest shadings for the scenes with animals" (Alan Rich).
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth EditionCopyright © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company.Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
1. an infinite quantity
2. the quality of being infinite; without bound or limit [syn: infiniteness] [ant: boundedness]
WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.

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