What does the word finite mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • That which is finite.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Finitely.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Having bounds or limits; opposed to infinite; limited; bounded.

Usage examples for finite

  1. Or if, on the other hand, events are limited to the combinations of some finite number, then of necessity the same must often recur, and in the same sequence. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  2. In our attempts to account for the origin of species, we find ourselves still sooner brought face to face with the working of a law of development of so high an order as to stand nearly in the same relation as the Deity himself to man's finite understanding, a law capable of adding new and powerful causes, such as the moral and intellectual faculties of the human race, to a system of nature which had gone on for millions of years without the intervention of any analogous cause. – The Antiquity of Man by Charles Lyell
  3. The natural world is harmonious in all its parts; but the moral world is the theatre of disturbing and conflicting forces, whose laws the finite mind cannot comprehend. – Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions by George S. Boutwell