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infinitesimal

noun

adjective

Etymology summary

"infinitely small", from Modern Latin infinitesimus, coined by German...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Infinitesimal | Infinitesimals

used to express the idea of objects so small that there is no way to see them or to measure them. The insight with exploiting infinitesimals was that objects could still retain certain specific properties, such as angle or slope, even though these... (43 of 3343 words)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

infinitesimal [mathematics]

in mathematics, a quantity less than any finite quantity yet not zero. Even though no such quantity can exist in the real number system, many early ... (26 of 88 words, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

infinitesimal | infinitesimally [adverb, derived]

infinitely or immeasurably small | [mathematics] of, relating to, or involving a small change in the value of a variable that approaches zero as a ... (24 of 398 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

infinitesimal [entry 1, noun]

an infinitesimal quantity or variable (5 of 26 words, pronunciation)

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infinitesimal [entry 2, adjective] | atomic [synonym, sense-specific] | bitsy [synonym, sense-specific] | bitty [synonym, sense-specific] | tiny [synonym, sense-specific] | itty-bitty [synonym, sense-specific] | little bitty [synonym, sense-specific] | microminiature [synonym, sense-specific] | microscopic [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

taking on values arbitrarily close to but greater than zero | immeasurably or incalculably small (14 of 200 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

infinitesimal | infinitesimals [plural] | tiny [synonym, sense-specific] | infinite [antonym, sense-specific] | enormous [antonym, sense-specific] | infinity [antonym, sense-specific]

Incalculably, exceedingly, or immeasurably minute; vanishingly small. | [math] Of or pertaining to values that approach zero as a limit. | [informal] Very small. | [math] A non-zero quantity whose magnitude is smaller than any positive number (by ... (35 of 95 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

infinitesimal | infinitesimally [derived]

extremely small | [math] | an indefinitely small quantity; a value approaching zero. (11 of 60 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

infinitesimal | infinitesimally [adverb, related]

Immeasurably or incalculably minute. | [math] Capable of having values approaching zero as a limit. | An immeasurably or incalculably minute amount or ... (21 of 55 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

infinitesimal

indefinitely or exceedingly small; minute. | immeasurably small; less than an assignable quantity. | of, pertaining to, or involving infinitesimals. | ... (18 of 49 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

infinitesimal | infinitesimally [adverb, related]

too small to be measured; infinitely small | [math] of or pertaining to an infinitesimal | an infinitesimal quantity | [math] a variable that ... (21 of 47 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

infinitesimal [formal]

extremely small (2 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

infinitesimal [formal] | infinitesimally [adverb, derived]

extremely small (2 of 18 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Encarta Dictionary:

infinitesimal | infinitesimals [plural]

very small in number, amount, or degree | able to assume values arbitrarily close to but greater than zero | an infinitesimal number or function (23 of 65 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Online Etymology:

infinitesimal

First use: 1710

Origin: "infinitely small", from Modern Latin infinitesimus, coined by German philosopher and mathematician Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz ... (18 of 28 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

infinitesimal

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: modern Latin infinitesimus, from Latin infinitus (see "infinite"), on the pattern of centesimal

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New World Dictionary:

infinitesimal

Origin: Modern Latin infinitesimus from Latin infinitus (see "infinite"), influenced by centesimus, hundredth from centum, "hundred"

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American Heritage Dictionary:

infinitesimal

Origin: From New Latin īnfīnītēsimus, infinite in rank, from Latin īnfīnītus, infinite; see "infinite".

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Merriam-Webster:

infinitesimal [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1706

Origin: New Latin infinitesimus infinite in rank, from Latin infinitus

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Encarta Dictionary:

infinitesimal | infinitesimals [plural]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: modern Latin infinitesimus "the number in a series corresponding to infinity" from Latin infinitus

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Audio references

Wiktionary:

infinitesimal

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Collins Dictionary:

infinitesimal

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

infinitesimal [formal]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

infinitesimal [formal]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

infinitesimal [formal]

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the Free Dictionary:

infinitesimal

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Google Dictionary:

infinitesimal | infinitesimals [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

infinitesimal

Audio: North American pronunciation of "infinitesimal"

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YourDictionary Audio:

infinitesimal

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