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.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fīnītus, past participle of fīnīre to stop, limit. See fine1, -ite2

finitely, adverb
finiteness, noun
nonfinite, adjective, noun
nonfinitely, adverb
nonfiniteness, noun
superfinite, adjective
superfinitely, adverb
superfiniteness, noun
unfinite, adjective

1. bounded, limited, circumscribed, restricted. Unabridged
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finite (ˈfaɪnaɪt)
1.  bounded in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent: a finite difference
2.  maths, logic denumerable Compare infinite having a number of elements that is a natural number; able to be counted using the natural numbers less than some natural number
3.  a.  limited or restricted in nature: human existence is finite
 b.  (as noun): the finite
4.  denoting any form or occurrence of a verb inflected for grammatical features such as person, number, and tense
[C15: from Latin fīnītus limited, from fīnīre to limit, end]

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Word Origin & History

1410, from L. finitus, pp. of finire "to limit, set bounds, end," from finis (see finish).
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Science Dictionary
finite   (fī'nīt')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Relating to a set that cannot be put into a one-to-one correspondence with any proper subset of its own members.

  2. Relating to or being a numerical quantity describing the size of such a set.

  3. Being a member of the set of real or complex numbers.

  4. Being a quantity that is non-zero and not infinite.

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Computing Dictionary

finite definition


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Example sentences
They paid either by the hour or by the paper and drew on a finite pool of money
  available to the department.
And so the process of learning, along with students' perception of knowledge,
  can't be finite either.
The real problem with putting cash into supposedly climate- neutral industries
  is that money is finite.
So the trick will be allocating powerful but finite resources in an efficient
  and managed way.
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