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Definition of "finite" []

  • Having bounds; limited: a finite list of choices; our finite fossil fuel reserves. (adjective)
  • Existing, persisting, or enduring for a limited time only; impermanent. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Being neither infinite nor infinitesimal. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Having a positive or negative numerical value; not zero. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Possible to reach or exceed by counting. Used of a number. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "finite" in a sentence
  • "The mental creations held by You and I, and other finite minds, are but _finite creations of finite minds_, while WE, ourselves, are the finite creations of an"
  • "Christopher Hill saying that the list of issues is now down to what he termed a finite set."
  • "But it's still intriguing that Fitzgerald, for all his gifts, didn't perceive the word "finite" in definite, the way good spellers automatically do."