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ˈfaɪ naɪtfi·nite

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. finiteadjective

    bounded or limited in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent

  2. finiteadjective

    of verbs; relating to forms of the verb that are limited in time by a tense and (usually) show agreement with number and person


  1. finiteadjective

    Limited, constrained by bounds, impermanent

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FINITEadjective

    Limited; bounded; terminated.

    Etymology: finitus, Latin.

    Servius conceives no more thereby than a finite number for indefinite. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv. c. 12.

    Finite of any magnitude holds not any proportion to infinite. John Locke.

    That supposed infinite duration will, by the very supposition, be limited at two extremes, though never so remote asunder, and consequently must needs be finite. Richard Bentley, Serm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Finiteadjective

    having a limit; limited in quantity, degree, or capacity; bounded; -- opposed to infinite; as, finite number; finite existence; a finite being; a finite mind; finite duration

  2. Etymology: [L. finitus, p. p. of finire. See Finish, and cf. Fine, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Finite

    fī′nīt, adj. having an end or limit: subject to limitations or conditions, as time, space—opp. to Infinite (q.v.).—adj. Fī′nīteless, without end or limit.—adv. Fī′nītely.—ns. Fī′nīteness, Fin′itūde. [L. finītus, pa.p. of finīre.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of finite in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of finite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of finite in a Sentence

  1. Defense Pat Shanahan:

    Where DHS loses its capacity is in the migrant family processing, when you think about their finite ability to do apprehensions they're really kind of trapped back in the processing side of things so working with the joint staff, we're finding a way to how do we do more monitoring and detection for them, do we maybe take that on as a mission.

  2. Martin Dempsey:

    The U.N. requires commitments from member nations to provide rapid response forces for emerging crises, the rapid deployment of units within 30, 60, or 90 days – for a finite period – can help resolve developing crises, prevent expanded conflict, and in the process save more innocent lives.

  3. Bruce Lee:

    From form to formless and from finite to infinite

  4. Jenny Durkan:

    You have a pretty finite and limited budget and resources to address pretty widespread problems in a district, the law on (engagaing in the business) is a really difficult standard to meet. To prove that someone is in the business of selling guns is very, very difficult.

  5. Kim Cobb:

    I'm kind of hopeful that many of the worst and most damaging climate policies are capable of being reversed, but the lost years in terms of progress on emissions reductions we can't ever take back, and that is something that will have a finite impact on coming climate change impacts.

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    relating to a technique that does not involve puncturing the skin or entering a body cavity
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