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infinitesimal


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Infinitesimal  \In`fin*i*tes"i*mal\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  infinit['e]simal, 
  fr  infinit['e]sime  infinitely  small  fr  L.  infinitus  See 
  {Infinite},  a.] 
  Infinitely  or  indefinitely  small  less  than  any  assignable 
  quantity  or  value;  very  small 
 
  {Infinitesimal  calculus},  the  different  and  the  integral 
  calculus,  when  developed  according  to  the  method  used  by 
  Leibnitz,  who  regarded  the  increments  given  to  variables 
  as  infinitesimal. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Infinitesimal  \In`fin*i*tes"i*mal\,  n.  (Math.) 
  An  infinitely  small  quantity;  that  which  is  less  than  any 
  assignable  quantity. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  infinitesimal 
  adj  :  infinitely  or  immeasurably  small  "two  minute  whiplike 
  threads  of  protoplasm";  "reduced  to  a  microscopic 
  scale"  [syn:  {minute},  {microscopic}] 




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