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infinitesimal

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Adjective

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Positive
infinitesimal

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  1. Too small to measure
  2. (mathematics) Of or pertaining to values that approach zero as a limit
  3. (informal) Very small.

Quotations

  • 2001Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl, p 221
    Then you could say that the doorway exploded. But the particular verb doesn't do the action justice. Rather, it shattered into infinitesimal pieces.

Usage notes

  • Strictly, this adjective, like infinite, is uncountable, so more infinitesimal and most infinitesimal are proscribed, especially in the mathematical sense. However, these forms do occur in informal usage, where the very small (but measurable) sense is most common.

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Singular
infinitesimal

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infinitesimal ({{{1}}})
  1. (mathematics) A non-zero quantity whose magnitude is smaller than any positive number (by definition it is not a real number).

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