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verb (used with object)
  1. to fix or mark the limits or boundaries of; demarcate: A ravine delimited the property on the north.
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Origin of delimit

1850–55; < French délimiter < Latin dēlīmitāre, equivalent to dē- de- + līmitāre to limit
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Historical Examples

  • The fourth book explains the method of delimiting veins, and also describes the functions of the mining officials.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • New pine houses dotted prairies, unbroken save for the mile-long score of the delimiting plow.

    Aladdin &amp; Co.

    Herbert Quick

  • Of his subsequent duties in delimiting the new Bessarabian frontier and his miraculous career in China we cannot speak in detail.

  • The officer spread out his map marked "Secret and confidential," delimiting the boundaries of a narrow sector.

  • Differences in metabolic adaptation, therefore, have played a role in delimiting climatic distribution of these species.

British Dictionary definitions for delimiting



  1. (tr) to mark or prescribe the limits or boundaries of; demarcate
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Derived Formsdelimitation, noundelimitative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for delimiting



1852, from French délimiter (18c.), from Latin delimitare "to mark out as a boundary," from de- (see de-) + limitare, from limitem, limes "boundary, limit" (see limit (n.)). Related: Delimited; delimiting.

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