[ fahy-nahyt ]
/ ˈfaɪ naɪt /
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.
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Origin of finite
OTHER WORDS FROM finite
fi·nite·ly, adverbfi·nite·ness, nounnon·fi·nite, adjective, nounnon·fi·nite·ly, adverb
non·fi·nite·ness, nounsu·per·fi·nite, adjectivesu·per·fi·nite·ly, adverbsu·per·fi·nite·ness, nounun·fi·nite, adjective
Words nearby finite
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Example sentences from the Web for finitely
We cannot apprehend an object as sublime while we apprehend it as comparably, measurably, or finitely great.Oxford Lectures on Poetry|Andrew Cecil Bradley
So that, as a matter of fact, the New Testament is in- finitely more cruel than the Old.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 5 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
British Dictionary definitions for finitely
/ (ˈfaɪnaɪt) /
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
Derived forms of finitefinitely, adverbfiniteness, noun
Word Origin for finite
C15: from Latin fīnītus limited, from fīnīre to limit, end
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Scientific definitions for finitely
[ fī′nīt′ ]
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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