- serving to restrict or restrain; restrictive; confining.
- Grammar. of the nature of a limiting adjective or a restrictive clause.
Origin of limiting
- the final, utmost, or furthest boundary or point as to extent, amount, continuance, procedure, etc.: the limit of his experience; the limit of vision.
- a boundary or bound, as of a country, area, or district.
- 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.
- limits, the premises or region enclosed within boundaries: We found them on school limits after hours.
- Games. the maximum sum by which a bet may be raised at any one time.
- the limit, Informal. something or someone that exasperates, delights, etc., to an extreme degree: You have made errors before, but this is the limit.
- to restrict by or as if by establishing limits (usually followed by to): Please limit answers to 25 words.
- to confine or keep within limits: to limit expenditures.
- Law. to fix or assign definitely or specifically.
Origin of limit
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- (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
- 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
- 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
- out of bounds
- forbidden to do or usesmoking was off limits everywhere
- within limits to a certain or limited extentI approve of it within limits
- to restrict or confine, as to area, extent, time, etc
- law to agree, fix, or assign specifically
Word Origin and History for limiting
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.
- 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.
- To confine or restrict within a boundary or bounds.
- To fix definitely; to specify.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with limiting
see go whole hog (the limit); sky's the limit; the limit.