Definition:Compact Space/Topology/Definition 3

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A topological space $T = \left({S, \tau}\right)$ is compact if and only if $\tau$ has a sub-basis $\mathcal B$ such that:

from every cover of $S$ by elements of $\mathcal B$, a finite subcover of $S$ can be selected.

Also see

  • Results about compact spaces can be found here.