Definition of transfinite in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /tran(t)sˈfīˌnīt/


1 Mathematics Relating to or denoting a number corresponding to an infinite set in the way that a natural number denotes or counts members of a finite set.
Example sentences
  • He denoted the number of natural numbers by the transfinite number (pronounced aleph-nought or aleph-null).
  • The book shows how this notion can be used to form various kinds of infinities such as the projective plane, transfinite numbers, and infinitesimals.
  • In 1905 Bernstein published an important article on transfinite ordinal numbers.
2Beyond or surpassing the finite.
Example sentences
  • It's perfectly simple, I go in, perform the ritual, bask in the transfinite mysteries of the unknowable heatless void, and then we leave.

Words that rhyme with transfinite


For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: trans·fi·nite

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.