# finite

[fahy-nahyt] /ˈfaɪ naɪt/
1.
having bounds or limits; not infinite; measurable.
2.
Mathematics.
1. (of a set of elements) capable of being completely counted.
2. not infinite or infinitesimal.
3. not zero.
3.
subject to limitations or conditions, as of space, time, circumstances, or the laws of nature:
man's finite existence on earth.
noun
4.
something that is finite.
Origin of finite
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin fīnītus, past participle of fīnīre to stop, limit. See fine1, -ite2
Related forms
finiteness, noun
nonfiniteness, noun
superfiniteness, noun
Synonyms
1. bounded, limited, circumscribed, restricted.
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British Dictionary definitions for finiteness

## finite

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

## finite

early 15c., from Latin finitus, past participle of finire "to limit, set bounds, end," from finis (see finish (v.)). Related: Finitely.

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finiteness in Science
 finite   (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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