having bounds or limits; not infinite; measurable.
(of a set of elements) capable of being completely counted.
not infinite or infinitesimal.
subject to limitations or conditions, as of space, time, circumstances, or the laws of nature: our finite existence on earth.
something that is finite.
- fi·nite·ly, adverb
- fi·nite·ness, noun
- non·fi·nite, adjective, noun
- non·fi·nite·ly, adverb
- non·fi·nite·ness, noun
- su·per·fi·nite, adjective
- su·per·fi·nite·ly, adverb
- su·per·fi·nite·ness, noun
- un·fi·nite, adjective
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How to use finite in a sentence
US vetting requirements, capacity limitations at refugee resettlement agencies, and a finite number of slots available under the current refugee admissions cap could all contribute to delays in bringing them to American soil.
Giving students early access to Pell meant drawing down finite dollars, as the grants can only be used for 12 semesters.Feds to end dual-enrollment experiment, disappointing participating colleges | Danielle Douglas-Gabriel | August 25, 2021 | Washington Post
These so-called infinite-dimensional matrices have a very different algebra from finite-dimensional ones.How I Escaped My Troubles Through Science - Issue 104: Harmony | Subodh Patil | August 25, 2021 | Nautilus
As you might have expected, f was less than 1, meaning the chain had a finite length.
Until the 1960s, scientists believed that the number of neurons and synaptic connections in the human brain were finite and that, once damaged, these brain cells could not be replaced.Swimming is the ultimate brain exercise. Here’s why. | Purbita Saha | July 28, 2021 | Popular-Science
Many of the fuels we use to generate electricity —natural gas, oil, coal—are abundant yet finite.
“It is an outrage that DEA is using finite taxpayer dollars to impound legal industrial hemp seeds,” he said.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
And they're wise to pursue this course, because the most finite resource in this discussion is land.
For all practical purposes, the world's supply of oil is not finite.
To imitate finite excellence, is to aspire at excellence, even though but in part.
To follow these would be delightful and honouring; but would be to follow what is merely a copy, and only finite.
Its effects on creatures being finite, what is finite might these in some measure point out.
A spirit has no body; an infinite being is a being which is not finite; a perfect being is a being which is not imperfect.Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
What good to me is the favor of a being who, able to bestow upon me infinite good, does not even give me a finite one?Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
British Dictionary definitions for finite
bounded in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent: a finite difference
limited or restricted in nature: human 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
- finitely, adverb
- finiteness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for finite
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.
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