Meaning of FINITE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈfī-ˌnīt ]


Etymology: Middle English finit, from Latin finitus, past participle of finire

Date: 15th century


a. : having definite or definable limits

a finite number of possibilities

b. : having a limited nature or existence

finite beings

2. : completely determinable in theory or in fact by counting, measurement, or thought

the finite velocity of light


a. : less than an arbitrary positive integer and greater than the negative of that integer

b. : having a finite number of elements

a finite set

4. : of, relating to, or being a verb or verb form that can function as a predicate or as the initial element of one and that is limited (as in tense, person, and number)

• finite noun

• fi·nite·ly adverb

• fi·nite·ness noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.