trans·​fi·​nite | \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈfī-ˌnīt How to pronounce transfinite (audio) \

Definition of transfinite

1 : going beyond or surpassing any finite number, group, or magnitude
2 : being or relating to the cardinal and ordinal numbers of infinite sets

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Recent Examples on the Web Interestingly enough, Kruskal's tree theorem required non-finite mathmatics to prove, using advanced techniques such as transfinite arithmetic and ordinal numbers. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Wrap Your Head Around the Enormity of the Number TREE(3)," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of transfinite

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for transfinite

German transfinit, from trans- (from Latin) + finit finite, from Latin finitus

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“Transfinite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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