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## Origin of limit

1325–75; Middle English lymyt < Latin līmit- (stem of līmes) boundary, path between fields

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## British Dictionary definitions for the limit

## limit

/ (ˈlɪmɪt) /

### noun

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

to restrict or confine, as to area, extent, time, etc

law to agree, fix, or assign specifically

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## Word Origin for limit

C14: from Latin līmes boundary

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## Medicine definitions for the limit

## limit

[ lĭm′ĭt ]

### 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.

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## Science definitions for the limit

## limit

[ lĭm′ĭt ]

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 the limit (1 of 2)

## the limit

The most extreme; someone or something that irritates, delights, or surprises to the ultimate degree. For example, Hiring and firing someone the same day—that's the limit in employee relations! or That excuse of yours for missing the wedding, that's the limit, or He's done wonders before but this last one is the limit. This idiom uses limit as “the last possible point or boundary.” [Colloquial; c. 1900]

## Idioms and Phrases with the limit (2 of 2)

## limit

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

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