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Definition limited or with boundaries

Specialized meaning:  In reference to verbs, finite denotes a verb that is limited in time, by a tense, and (usually) shows agreement with number and person.
  • We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • We are a wealthy country, but we still have to wisely allocate finite resources.
  • multigrid finite element methods for electromagnetic field modeling
  • Use the finite-volume method to solve the equation.
  • The sea had jeeringly kept his finite body up, but drowned the infinite of his soul.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • A stick is finite and unextended wood, a fact determined by its own denial.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He was resentenced to a finite term of years and now has hope for release.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • All those long hours, only that finite time.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Appendix I: The Ecology of Dune Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • 'Here,' said Lupin quietly, and pointing his wand at Neville's legs he said, 'Finite.'
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The universe (he said) offers a paradox too great for the finite mind to grasp.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • He saw each event as a point from which a finite number of possibilities radiated.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Kayo said, not much surprised by this, "What you are talking about is moha—a Navajo word, and also Sanskrit, meaning opposition of the finite.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He learned that with her, passion could be built layer by finite layer until there was nothing else.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • He is finite, though he is powerful to do much harm and suffers not as we do.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • That great need of man, the finite, which admits of embrace, they ignore.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Will he draw out, For anger's sake, finite to infinite, In punished Man, to satisfy his rigour, Satisfied never?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • As the months slipped by and his infirmities mounted, Marley taught us mostly about life's uncompromising finiteness.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • He sometimes wondered whether doctors realized the emotional intensity of time, or what he was going through, or even that time was something finite.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The sea had jeeringly kept his finite body up, but drowned the infinite of his soul.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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