AskDefine | Define finite

Dictionary Definition

finite adj
1 bounded or limited in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent [ant: infinite]
2 of verbs; relating to forms of the verb that are limited in time by a tense and (usually) show agreement with number and person [ant: infinite]

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  • ˈfaɪnaɪt


  1. Limited, constrained by bounds, impermanent





finite p

Verb form


Extensive Definition

Finite is the opposite of infinite. It may refer to:
  • Having a finite number of elements: finite set
  • Being a finite number, so not equal to \pm\infty; all real numbers are finite
  • In a stronger sense, being a value that is neither infinite nor infinitesimal or zero; in this sense all real numbers except 0 are finite
  • Having a finite size
  • In physics jargon, finite can mean either non-infinite or non-zero.
  • A finite state machine or finite automaton is a model of behavior composed of states, transitions and actions.
  • Finite verb
  • Finitude, or the end of existence for an individual on this earth (death).
finite in German: Fini
finite in French: Fini
finite in Korean: 유한
finite in Italian: Finito
finite in Simple English: Finite

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