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fi·nite  (fnt)
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
A finite thing.

[Middle English finit, from Latin fntus, past participle of fnre, to limit, from fnis, end.]

finitely adv.
finiteness n.

finite [ˈfaɪnaɪt]
1. (Mathematics) bounded in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent a finite difference
2. (Mathematics) 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 [4]
a.  limited or restricted in nature human existence is finite
b.  (as noun) the finite
4. (Linguistics / Grammar) denoting any form or occurrence of a verb inflected for grammatical features such as person, number, and tense
[from Latin fīnītus limited, from fīnīre to limit, end]
finitely  adv
finiteness  n

finite  (fnt)
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.

finite  /fanat/  adj. limited in number (quantity, availability), countable: The company has finite resources that must be divided among a limited number of projects. finite

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