Finite Fi"nite, a. [L. finitus, p. p. of finire. See {Finish}, and cf. {Fine}, a.] 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. [1913 Webster]

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  • finite — fi|nite [ˈfaınaıt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: finitus, past participle of finire; FINISH1] 1.) having an end or a limit ≠ ↑infinite ▪ the earth s finite resources 2.) technical a finite verb form shows a particular time. Am , was ,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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