Finance Fi*nance", n. [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}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

All the finances or revenues of the imperial crown. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. The science of raising and expending the public revenue. ``Versed in the details of finance.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.