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in-fīnītus , a, um, adj.,
I.not enclosed within boundaries, boundless, unlimited.
I. Lit.: “quod finitum est habet extremum ... nihil igitur cum habeat extremum, infinitum sit necesse est,Cic. Div. 2, 50, 103: “aër, materia,id. Ac. 2, 37, 118: “imperium,Cic. Verr. 2, 3, 91: potestas, id: Agr. 2, 13, 33; Liv. 3, 9: magnitudines infinitissimae, Boëth. Inst. Arithm. 1, 4. — Subst.: infī-nītum , i, n., boundless space, the infinite: “ex infinito coorta,Lucr. 5, 367.—
II. Transf.
A. Without end, endless, infinite: “altitudo,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 48: “spes,id. Deiot. 5, 13: “odium,id. Balb. 27, 62: “labor,id. de Or. 1, 1: “licentia,Cic. Verr. 2, 3, 94, § 220: “imperium,id. ib. 2, 3, 91, § “213: potestas,id. Agr. 2, 13, 33: “occupationes,Nep. Att. 20, 2: “pretium,immoderate, Dig. 35, 2, 61: “sin cuipiam nimis infinitum videtur,too prolix, Cic. de Or. 1, 15, 65. — Subst.: infīnītum , i, n., an infinitude, an endless amount or number: “infinitum auri,Eutr. 9, 9: ad or in infinitum, to infinity, without end: “haec (ars statuaria) ad infinitum effloruit,Plin. 34, 7, 16, § 35: “crescere,id. 34, 2, 3, § 5: “durescere,id. 13, 9, 18, § 62: “sectio in infinitum,Quint. 1, 10 fin.: “ne in infinitum abeamus,Plin. 17, 25, 38, § 243: “infinitum quantum,beyond all measure, exceedingly, extraordinarily, Plin. 18, 28, 68, n. 3, § “277: infinito plus or magis,infinitely more, far more, Quint. 3, 4, 25; 11, 3, 172.—
B. Innumerable, countless: “multitudo librorum,Cic. Tusc. 2, 2, 6: “multitudo,id. Off. 1, 16, 52: “causarum varietas,id. de Or. 1, 5, 16; Caes. B. G. 5, 12, 3: “legum infinita multitudo,Tac. A. 3, 25: “numerus annorum,Gell. 14, 1, 18: “pietatis exempla,Plin. 7, 36, 36, § 121: pecunia ex infinitis rapinis, Auct. B. Alex. 64, 4; Spart. Hadr. 20, 5; Eutr. 1, 3; 3, 20 al.
C. Indefinite.
1. In gen.: infinitior distributio, where no person or time is mentioned or implied, Cic. Top. 8: “quaestio,id. Part. Or. 18: “res,id. de Or. 1, 31: “conexa,indefinite conclusions, id. Fat. 8.—Adv.: “in infinito,to infinity, everywhere, at pleasure, Dig. 8, 2, 24; 8, 1, 9.—
2. In gram.: “verbum,” i. e. the infinitive, Quint. 9, 3, 9; also absol., id. 1, 6, 7 and 8: “articulus,an indefinite pronoun, Varr. L. L. 8, § 45; 50 Müll.: vocabula, appellative nouns (as vir, mulier), ib. § 80.— Adv.
1. Without bounds, without end, infinitely: “ne infinite feratur ut flumen oratio,Cic. Or. 68, 228: “concupiscere,excessively, id. Par. 6, 3: “dividere,id. Ac. 1, 7: “perorare,without cessation, constantly, id. Or. 36 fin.
2. Indefinitely, in general: “referre de re publica,Gell. 14, 7, 9.—
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