limit

[lim-it]

noun

verb (used with object)


Origin of limit

1325–75; Middle English lymyt < Latin līmit- (stem of līmes) boundary, path between fields
Related formslim·it·a·ble, adjectivelim·it·a·ble·ness, nouno·ver·lim·it, verb (used with object)re·lim·it, verb (used with object)un·der·lim·it, nounun·der·lim·it, verb (used with object)
Can be confusedboundary limit parameter variable (see synonym study at boundary) (see usage note at parameter)limit limitation

Synonyms for limit

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Examples from the Web for limit

Contemporary Examples of limit

Historical Examples of limit

  • Do this up to the limit of your capital and I will make good anything you lose.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • They're negotiating now with the Rothschilds to limit the output of the Rio Tinto mines.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • There is no limit to the moral baseness of the man of avarice.

  • As much money as they would pay me was the limit of my expectation.

  • It was in fact a little way beyond what she had come to count her limit.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for limit

limit

noun

(sometimes plural) the ultimate extent, degree, or amount of somethingthe limit of endurance
(often plural) the boundary or edge of a specific areathe city limits
(often plural) the area of premises within specific boundaries
the largest quantity or amount allowed
maths
  1. a value to which a function f(x) approaches as closely as desired as the independent variable approaches a specified value (x = a) or approaches infinity
  2. a value to which a sequence a n approaches arbitrarily close as n approaches infinity
  3. the limit of a sequence of partial sums of a convergent infinite seriesthe limit of 1 + ½ + ¼ + ⅛ + … is 2
maths one of the two specified values between which a definite integral is evaluated
the limit informal a person or thing that is intolerably exasperating
off limits
  1. out of bounds
  2. forbidden to do or usesmoking was off limits everywhere
within limits to a certain or limited extentI approve of it within limits

verb -its, -iting or -ited (tr)

to restrict or confine, as to area, extent, time, etc
law to agree, fix, or assign specifically
Derived Formslimitable, adjectivelimitableness, nounlimitless, adjectivelimitlessly, adverblimitlessness, noun

Word Origin for limit

C14: from Latin līmes boundary
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Word Origin and History for limit
n.

c.1400, "boundary, frontier," from Old French limite "a boundary," from Latin limitem (nominative limes) "a boundary, limit, border, embankment between fields," related to limen "threshold." Originally of territory; general sense from early 15c. Colloquial sense of "the very extreme, the greatest degree imaginable" is from 1904.

v.

late 14c., from Old French limiter "mark (a boundary), restrict; specify," from Latin limitare "to bound, limit, fix," from limes "boundary, limit" (see limit (n.)). Related: limited; limiting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

limit in Medicine

limit

[lĭmĭt]

n.

The point, edge, or line beyond which something cannot or may not proceed.
A confining or restricting object, agent, or influence.
The greatest or least amount, number, or extent allowed or possible.

v.

To confine or restrict within a boundary or bounds.
To fix definitely; to specify.
Related formslimit•a•ble adj.
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limit in Science

limit

[lĭmĭt]

A number or point for which, from a given set of numbers or points, one can choose an arbitrarily close number or point. For example, for the set of all real numbers greater than zero and less than one, the numbers one and zero are limit points, since one can pick a number from the set arbitrarily close to one or zero (even though one and zero are not themselves in the set). Limits form the basis for calculus, where a number L is defined to be the limit approached by a function f(x) as x approaches a if, for every positive number ε, there exists a number δ such that |;f(x)-L|; < ε if 0 < |;x-a|; < δ.
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Idioms and Phrases with limit

limit

see go whole hog (the limit); sky's the limit; the limit.

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