speed limit



the maximum speed at which a vehicle is legally permitted to travel, as within a specific area, on a certain road, or under given conditions.

Origin of speed limit

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for speed limit

Historical Examples of speed limit

  • At some distance from the gate appeared the usual notice as to speed-limit.

  • Ashley, if you go that pace already on your crutches, you'll be taken up for exceeding the speed-limit in a week's time.

    Dodo Wonders

    E. F. Benson

  • Then the car stopped, and a policeman asked our names and addresses for exceeding the speed-limit.

  • They tell me you have a speed-limit for motors over here, but if we didnt exceed it, I dont see that it can be of much service.

  • Urquhart, without his chauffeur this time, was driving over the speed-limit, Peter perceived.

    The Lee Shore

    Rose Macaulay

British Dictionary definitions for speed limit

speed limit


the maximum permitted speed at which a vehicle may travel on certain roads
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