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infinity

## infinity

```  4  definitions  found

From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]:

Infinity  \In*fin"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Infinities}.  [L.  infinitas
pref.  in-  not  +  finis  boundary,  limit,  end:  cf  F.
infinit['e].  See  {Finite}.]
1.  Unlimited  extent  of  time,  space,  or  quantity;  eternity;
boundlessness;  immensity.  --Sir  T.  More

There  can  not  be  more  infinities  than  one  for  one
of  them  would  limit  the  other  --Sir  W.
Raleigh.

From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]:

infinity
n  :  time  without  end  [syn:  {eternity},  {forever}]

From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]:

infinity  n.  1.  The  largest  value  that  can  be  represented  in  a
particular  type  of  variable  (register,  memory  location,  data  type
whatever).  2.  `minus  infinity':  The  smallest  such  value,  not
necessarily  or  even  usually  the  simple  negation  of  plus  infinity.
In  N-bit  twos-complement  arithmetic,  infinity  is  2^(N-1)  -  1  but  minus
infinity  is  -  (2^(N-1)),  not  -(2^(N-1)  -  1).  Note  also  that  this  is
different  from  "time  T  equals  minus  infinity",  which  is  closer  to  a
mathematician's  usage  of  infinity.

From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]:

infinity

1.    The  size  of  something  {infinite}.

Using  the  word  in  the  context  of  sets  is  sloppy,  since
different  {infinite  set}s  aren't  necessarily  the  same  size
{cardinality}  as  each  other

See  also  {aleph  0}

2.    The  largest  value  that  can  be  represented  in
a  particular  type  of  variable  ({register},  memory  location,
data  type  whatever).

See  also  {minus  infinity}.

[{Jargon  File}]

(1994-11-18)

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