Word of the Day – 6 January 2018 – Lemniscate.


Welcome to a regular feature on my blog – WOTD. Each day a new word will be suggested as the word of the day, which could either be an already existing (but rarely used) word or may be a completely made-up one. There will be a short definition and, ideally, an example of how the word would be used in everyday conversation.

I encourage anyone to provide their own words, either in the comments below or by linking their posted word to this blog. Don’t forget the definition or maybe when it should be used.

So, today’s word is: Lemniscate. (Noun).

Pronounced: Lemm-niss-kate


The symbol representing the mathematical concept of Infinity, an infinitely large number – ∞.


Eg : Now the next time you see the ‘sideways eight’ you can impress friends and total strangers alike by loudly proclaiming: “Ahh, the lemniscate! while pointing to said symbol. 🙂

You’re welcome.




    • I know where you’re coming from !

      Maybe this can help a little… Think of a car. Now think of an infinitely long line of them bumper to bumper (Like Boston in peak hour 🙂 ), Now think along side of it you have an infinitely long line of Hotwheel model cars.

      They are both the same (but unmeasurable) length but one is much ‘bigger’ than the other! 😉

      How about this one?

      Starting from the first whole number and adding one to get two, adding another to get 3 and so on infinitely you will have an infinitely long ‘line’ of numbers stretching out as far as you like depending upon how far you space each number apart from it’s immediate neighbours. Now start with the same number 1 at the same starting location but instead of adding one divide it by two to get a half, a quarter, etc. you can fit an infinite number of positions all into the space between your starting 1 and the 0 to it’s immediate left!

      Which infinite is bigger? or are they both the same ‘size’?

      The human mind is not really capable of fully appreciating the Infinite…. sadly. 😦


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