# nonfinite

## finite

[fahy-nahyt]
1.
having bounds or limits; not infinite; measurable.
2.
Mathematics.
a.
(of a set of elements) capable of being completely counted.
b.
not infinite or infinitesimal.
c.
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:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fīnītus, past participle of fīnīre to stop, limit. See fine1, -ite2

finiteness, noun
nonfiniteness, noun
superfiniteness, noun

1. bounded, limited, circumscribed, restricted.
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 finite (ˈfaɪnaɪt) —adj 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] 'finitely —adv 'finiteness —n

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finite
1410, from L. finitus, pp. of finire "to limit, set bounds, end," from finis (see finish).
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 finite   (fī'nīt')  Pronunciation Key  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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