Finite

Finite is the opposite of infinite. It may refer to:

  • A finite measurement (of time, length, area, etc.) — that is, a real number
  • Finite set, whose cardinality (number of elements) is some natural number
  • Finite verb, being inflected for person and for tense

Famous quotes containing the word finite:

    Sisters define their rivalry in terms of competition for the gold cup of parental love. It is never perceived as a cup which runneth over, rather a finite vessel from which the more one sister drinks, the less is left for the others.
    Elizabeth Fishel (20th century)

    The finite is annihilated in the presence of the infinite, and becomes a pure nothing. So our spirit before God, so our justice before divine justice.
    Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)

    Put shortly, these are the two views, then. One, that man is intrinsically good, spoilt by circumstance; and the other that he is intrinsically limited, but disciplined by order and tradition to something fairly decent. To the one party man’s nature is like a well, to the other like a bucket. The view which regards him like a well, a reservoir full of possibilities, I call the romantic; the one which regards him as a very finite and fixed creature, I call the classical.
    Thomas Ernest Hulme (1883–1917)