adjective
The definition of finite is something that has a limit that can't be exceeded.
An example of finite is the number of people who can fit in an elevator at the same time.
finite
- 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
- Math.
- capable of being reached, completed, or surpassed by counting: said of numbers or sets
- neither infinite nor infinitesimal: said of a magnitude
Origin of finite
Middle English finit from Classical Latin finitus, past participle of finire, finish anything that has measurable limits; finite thing
finite
adjective
- 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.
noun
A finite thing.
Origin of finite
Middle English finit from Latin fīnītus past participle of fīnīre to limit from fīnis endRelated Forms:
- fi′nite′ly
adverb
- fi′nite′ness
noun
finite
Adjective
(comparative more finite, superlative most finite)
Origin
From Latin fīnītus, perfect passive participle of fīniō (“I finish; I terminate”), from fīnis (“boundary”).