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Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / poetry
|English term or phrase: infinitesima|
|Not a typo. Used in a poem:|
"the motoring infinitesima of frictive will" [i.e. ants hollowing out human bone]
|infinitely small parts (or the like)|
"infinitesima" is the neuter plural of "infinitesimus", a mediaeval pseudo-Latin coinage which literally means "infinitieth" (like "fortieth", "fiftieth", or whatever). Like English ordinals, Latin ordinals can refer to fractions of something: you can come tenth in a race, but you can also get a tenth of the proceeds of a sale. So an "infinitesimum" (neuter) is literally an "infinitieth part" of something, i.e. an infintely small part. "Infinitesima" is just the plural of this.
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|Splendid confirmation. I'll let this go to the glossary, even though a definition was not my own objective.|
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