- having bounds or limits; not infinite; measurable.
- (of a set of elements) capable of being completely counted.
- not infinite or infinitesimal.
- not zero.
- subject to limitations or conditions, as of space, time, circumstances, or the laws of nature: man's finite existence on earth.
- something that is finite.
Origin of finite
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Examples from the Web for finite
Many of the fuels we use to generate electricity —natural gas, oil, coal—are abundant yet finite.Will Food Waste Power Your Home?
The Daily Beast
June 16, 2014
The reservoir of settlement-related projects available for promotion is finite.Netanyahu Must Rein in Extremists in Coalition, or Risk Derailing Peace Talks
Daniel Seidemann, Lara Friedman
August 28, 2013
And they're wise to pursue this course, because the most finite resource in this discussion is land.Don't Get Too Stressed About the Farm Bubble
April 1, 2013
For all practical purposes, the world's supply of oil is not finite.Let's Pursue a New Version of 'Peak Oil'
March 4, 2013
We only have a finite amount of fresh H2o and food on the planet, there is no more.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
Of the Infinite the finite mind can only catch a finite glimpse.The Conquest of Fear
But we must not expect with our finite mind to comprehend the infinite God.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Man, finite and limited in capacity, could therefore never expiate it.Initiation into Philosophy
I do not mean that in Mary Osborne I had been worshipping the finite.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Conditions of its necessity.species of escape from all the finite objects about them.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
- bounded in magnitude or spatial or temporal extenta finite difference
- maths logic having a number of elements that is a natural number; able to be counted using the natural numbers less than some natural numberCompare denumerable, infinite (def. 4)
- limited or restricted in naturehuman existence is finite
- (as noun)the finite
- denoting any form or occurrence of a verb inflected for grammatical features such as person, number, and tense
Word Origin and History for finite
early 15c., from Latin finitus, past participle of finire "to limit, set bounds, end," from finis (see finish (v.)). Related: Finitely.
- Relating to a set that cannot be put into a one-to-one correspondence with any proper subset of its own members.
- Relating to or being a numerical quantity describing the size of such a set.
- Being a member of the set of real or complex numbers.
- Being a quantity that is non-zero and not infinite.