An example of finite is the number of people who can fit in an elevator at the same time.
- having measurable or definable limits; not infinite
- Gram. having limits of person, number, and tense: said of a verb that can be used in a predicate
- capable of being reached, completed, or surpassed by counting: said of numbers or sets
- neither infinite nor infinitesimal: said of a magnitude
Origin of finiteMiddle English finit from Classical Latin finitus, past participle of finire, finish
- a. Having bounds; limited: a finite list of choices; our finite fossil fuel reserves.b. Existing, persisting, or enduring for a limited time only; impermanent.
- Mathematics a. Being neither infinite nor infinitesimal.b. Having a positive or negative numerical value; not zero.c. Possible to reach or exceed by counting. Used of a number.d. Having a limited number of elements. Used of a set.
- Grammar Of or relating to any of the forms of a verb that can occur on their own in a main clause and that can formally express distinctions in person, number, tense, mood, and voice, often by means of conjugation, as the verb sees in She sees the sign.
Origin of finiteMiddle English finit from Latin fīnītus past participle of fīnīre to limit from fīnis end
(comparative more finite, superlative most finite)
From Latin fīnītus, perfect passive participle of fīniō (“I finish; I terminate”), from fīnis (“boundary”).