The definition of finite is something that has a limit that can't be exceeded.adjective
An example of finite is the number of people who can fit in an elevator at the same time.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: ME finit < L finitus, pp. of finire, finish
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- 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: Middle English finit, from Latin fīnītus, past participle of fīnīre, to limit, from fīnis, end.
- fiˈniteˌly adverb
- fiˈniteˌness noun
finite - Science Definition
- 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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