uncountably

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Etymology[edit]

uncountable +‎ -ly or un- +‎ countably

Adverb[edit]

uncountably (not comparable)

  1. Too many to be counted (either by reason of being infinite or for practical constraints).
    The stars in the sky are uncountably many. Even a lifetime would not suffice to number them all.
  2. (grammar) In an uncountable fashion.
    Some nouns can be used both countably and uncountably.
  3. (mathematics) In a way that is incapable of being put into one-to-one correspondence with the natural numbers or any subset thereof.
    • 2004, Jayant V. Deshpande, Mathematical Analysis And Applications: An Introduction, page 55
      If a set is neither finite nor countably infinite, it is said to be uncountably infinite or simply uncountable.
  4. Used as a general intensifier of amounts and quantities; very; much
    • 1988 Jul 6, “Systems Easily Tripped in Error Bring Death in a Lake, Warning Us of...”, Los Angeles Times:
      And the dimensions of death that can result from such systems tripped in error, or through misperceptions of reality, are uncountably greater than those
    • 1990 Sep 20, “Unplugging A Diverse Bit Of Cable TV”, New York Times:
      a host of other producers fear that a vital link to New York's uncountably diverse populations is about to be cut.
    • 1997 Dec 29, “Vapors And Serenity”, Newsweek:
      And the memory of man runneth not to a year when there was an episode of disproportion comparable to the planet-wide vapors occasioned by one of the year's uncountably numerous automobile accidents, this one in Paris.
    • 2006, Geoffrey Hawthorn; David R. Olson, Michael Cole, editors, Technology, Literacy and the Evolution of Society, Orality in Politics, page 185:
      and the sheer quantity of material is uncountably greater
    • 2007 Jan 17, “Hippie and redneck show is equal parts insane, inane”, Boston Globe:
      Stories of road travel in the United States have taken uncountably many forms, from John Steinbeck's "Travels With Charley" and Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" to "Little Miss Sunshine".

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