Origin of limiting
- a number such that the value of a given function remains arbitrarily close to this number when the independent variable is sufficiently close to a specified point or is sufficiently large. The limit of 1/x is zero as x approaches infinity; the limit of (x − 1)2 is zero as x approaches 1.
- a number such that the absolute value of the difference between terms of a given sequence and the number approaches zero as the index of the terms increases to infinity.
- one of two numbers affixed to the integration symbol for a definite integral, indicating the interval or region over which the integration is taking place and substituted in a primitive, if one exists, to evaluate the integral.
verb (used with object)
Origin of limit
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Contemporary Examples of limiting
Conservative advocates of limiting convictions to cases of “forcible rape” often rely on “traditional values.”No Wonder Cosby's Keeping Quiet: He Could Still Be Prosecuted
November 23, 2014
Many have left the religion of their childhoods because of such narrow and limiting attitudes.A Victory for ‘Religious Freedom’ is a Loss for Religion
June 8, 2014
Silicon chips are typically two-dimensional, Boahen explained, limiting the number of dedicated currents they can utilize.The Computer That Replicates a Human Brain
May 1, 2014
Who runs a democracy this way, limiting polling places and hours to ensure that nominees are crowned by a narrow band of fanatics?The GOP Establishment Turns a ‘Firehose’ on Virginia Tea Partiers
May 1, 2014
It was a more complicated system matching contributions in exchange for limiting spending on a state-by-state basis.Federal Campaign Funds: Easier Money
April 2, 2014
Historical Examples of limiting
But to have continued the same life would have been wrong because it would have been limiting.De Profundis
We tried to find out if there were any means of limiting the number of participators in our scheme.Freeland
At that rate, the limiting grade for the team would be fifteen per cent.American Rural Highways
T. R. Agg
M. Necker is to set about correcting abuses, and limiting privileges.Scaramouche
Certainly; when you began I thought you were limiting the question to the case of friends.The Memorabilia
- 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
- a value to which a sequence a n approaches arbitrarily close as n approaches infinity
- the limit of a sequence of partial sums of a convergent infinite seriesthe limit of 1 + ½ + ¼ + ⅛ + … is 2
- out of bounds
- forbidden to do or usesmoking was off limits everywhere
verb -its, -iting or -ited (tr)
Word Origin for limit
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.
see go whole hog (the limit); sky's the limit; the limit.