• WordNet 3.6
    • v finance obtain or provide money for "Can we finance the addition to our home?"
    • v finance sell or provide on credit
    • n finance the commercial activity of providing funds and capital
    • n finance the management of money and credit and banking and investments
    • n finance the branch of economics that studies the management of money and other assets
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The city of Denver was originally chosen to host the 1976 Winter Olympics, but had to withdraw because Colorado voters rejected to finance it
    • Finance The income of a ruler or of a state; revenue; public money; sometimes, the income of an individual; often used in the plural for funds; available money; resources. "All the finances or revenues of the imperial crown."
    • Finance The science of raising and expending the public revenue. "Versed in the details of finance ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The computer programming language ADA was named in honor of Augusta Ada King. The U.S. Defense Department named the language after the Countess of Lovelace and daughter of Lord Byron because she helped finance and program what is thought to be the first computer, the “analytical engine” designed by Charles Babbage.
    • n finance A fine; forfeit; ransom.
    • n finance plural Revenue; funds in the treasury, or accruing to it; resources of money: as, the finances of the government were in a low condition.
    • n finance plural The income or resources of an individual.
    • n finance The science of monetary business or affairs; the system by which the income of a nation, state, or corporation is raised and administered; pecuniary management in general: as, the study of political economy and finance; the system of finance pursued by an administration, or a bank, corporation, or other company.
    • finance To conduct financial operations; manage finances in either a public or a private capacity: often used in a derogatory sense.
    • finance To manage financially; be financier for; furnish with finances or money.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The telescope at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, in California, also serves as a tomb. The 36-inch refracting telescope is mounted on a pillar that contains the remains of Jack Lick, who died in 1876. Lick was a wealthy financier and philanthropist who financed the construction of the observatory that bears his name.
    • n Finance fi-nans′ money affairs or revenue, esp. of a ruler or state: public money: the art of managing or administering the public money
    • v.t Finance to manage financially, to furnish with sums of money
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  • John Barrymore
    “If it isn't the sheriff, it's the finance company; I've got more attachments on me than a vacuum cleaner.”
  • Earl Wilson
    Earl Wilson
    “Modern man drives a mortgaged car over a bond-financed highway on credit-card gas.”
  • John Bentley
    John Bentley
    “What is high finance? It?s knowing the difference between one and ten, multiplying, subtracting and adding. You just add noughts. It?s no more than that.”
  • Paul Cook
    Paul Cook
    “You need to have enough immediate profits that you can finance the long-range growth without diluting the stock.”
  • Robert Graves
    Robert Graves
    “What we now call finance is, I hold, an intellectual perversion of what began as warm human love.”
  • Robert W. Sarnoff
    Robert W. Sarnoff
    “Finance is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally disappears.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. LL. financia, payment of money, money, fr. finare, to pay a fine or subsidy (cf. OF. finer, to finish, pay), fr. L. finis, end. See Fine (n.) Finish


In literature:

He broached the matter of finances to Mrs. Fletcher.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
Don't worry about financing; we have that.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
Imagine Lloyd George as Finance Minister and the possibilities are obvious.
"Lloyd George" by Frank Dilnot
The industry and the finance, of all concerned in war, are likely to suffer disaster.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
He's awfully mixed up in government finances, don't you know.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
He may justly be termed the father of the American system of finance.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
I enclose you herein a copy of the letter from the Minister of Finance to me, making several advantageous regulations for our commerce.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
From 1842 until 1874 the question of the income-tax was the vexing enigma of public finance.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
But a banker of eminence, thoroughly familiar with the French finances, tells me that M. Leroy-Beaulieu has underestimated the amount.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
Sometimes the method of organization or financing is faulty.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe

In poetry:

My name is Nunty Cormorant
And my finance is sound,
I lend you Englishmen hot air
At one and three the pound.
"Safe And Sound" by Ezra Pound
A gambler born was young Basil
His finances were all of a lather
A wayward boy, but his mother’s joy
And likewise, the son of his father.
"The Gambler" by Billy Bennett
At the beginning of the week
A strictly rigid path I seek,
And vow the only state for me,
In finance, is stability;
I sternly view all borrowing
As an absurd and evil thing.
"Inevitable" by C J Dennis
If a man attends to business and looks to every chance,
He is mercenary, money-mad, and coarse;
If he thinks of art and letters more than personal finance,
He is lacking in ambition and in force.
"Heads And Tails" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Stop thief! stop thief! —
From the Sub to the Chief,
These Genmen of Finance are plundering cattle —
Call the watch, call Bougham
Tell Joseph Hume,
That best of Charleys, to spring his rattle.
"The Sinking Fund Cried" by Thomas Moore
"Here Petty's finance, from the evils to come,
"With Fitzpatrick's sobriety creeps to the tomb;
"And Chancellor Ego, now left in the lurch,
"Neither dines with the Jordan, nor whines for the church.
"All The Talents" by George Canning

In news:

Finance chiefs sell more company stock this year as share prices rise.
Nearly two years after Bob Ortiz first raised concerns about how one of the state's largest departments handles its finances, he's finally getting a response.
Catabasis Pharmaceuticals adds $14.5M to Series A financing.
Ahead of primary, campaign finance reports roll in.
Birmingham schools' finance reform hampered by bloated central office .
Cerberus reportedly seeking financing for Supervalu deal.
Cerberus Seeks Financing for Supervalu Bid.
The District's campaign finance watchdogs are looking into irregularities in DC Council member Kwame R Brown's fundraising reports from two previous elections.
A&P secures Chap 11 financing, plans emergence.
A&P has agreed to receive $490 million of debt and equity financing from private investors that will enable the beleaguered grocer to emerge from bankruptcy as a privately held company early next year.
Thus spoke Charles Dickens ' Mr Micawber in "David Copperfield," and the Micawber Principle is as relevant to government as it is to personal finance.
If your finances took a hit, you're certainly not alone.
Now is the time to sort through your to-do list and prioritize getting your health and finances in order for 2011.
322 (Previous rank: 344) CEO: Sidney Toledano Employees: 84,497 Address: 30 Ave Montaigne Paris, 75008 Country: France Website:
Chula Vista and the port authority officials visit China to drum up financing for a $2 billion bay-front redevelopment.

In science:

Thalmaier, Stochastic Calculus of Variations in Mathematical Finance, Springer, 2006.
Weak and Strong Taylor methods for numerical solutions of stochastic differential equations
Spatial Statistics for Finance: Interest Rates Mapping.
Interest rates mapping
An Introduction to Econophysics: Correlations and Complexity in Finance.
Interest rates mapping
Musiela, eds, ‘Option Pricing, Interest Rates and Risk Management’, Handbooks in Mathematical Finance, Cambridge University Press.
The fundamental theorem of asset pricing under proportional transaction costs
Karatzas, I. and Shreve, S. E. (1998), Methods of Mathematical Finance, number 39 in ‘Applications of Mathematics: Stochastic Modelling and Applied Probability’, Springer.
The fundamental theorem of asset pricing under proportional transaction costs