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English Dictionary: limit by the DICT Development Group
4 results for limit
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the greatest possible degree of something; "what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior"; "to the limit of his ability"
    Synonym(s): limit, bound, boundary
  2. final or latest limiting point
    Synonym(s): terminus ad quem, terminal point, limit
  3. as far as something can go
  4. the boundary of a specific area
    Synonym(s): limit, demarcation, demarcation line
  5. the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity
    Synonym(s): limit, limit point, point of accumulation
  6. the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed; "there are limits on the amount you can bet"; "it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight"
    Synonym(s): limit, limitation
  1. place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
    Synonym(s): restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle
  2. restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
    Synonym(s): limit, circumscribe, confine
  3. decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"
    Synonym(s): specify, set, determine, define, fix, limit
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Limit \Lim"it\ (l[icr]m"[icr]t), n. [From L. limes, limitis: cf.
      F. limite; or from E. limit, v. See {Limit}, v. t.]
      1. That which terminates, circumscribes, restrains, or
            confines; the bound, border, or edge; the utmost extent;
            as, the limit of a walk, of a town, of a country; the
            limits of human knowledge or endeavor.
                     As eager of the chase, the maid Beyond the forest's
                     verdant limits strayed.                     --Pope.
      2. The space or thing defined by limits.
                     The archdeacon hath divided it Into three limits
                     very equally.                                    --Shak.
      3. That which terminates a period of time; hence, the period
            itself; the full time or extent.
                     The dateless limit of thy dear exile. --Shak.
                     The limit of your lives is out.         --Shak.
      4. A restriction; a check; a curb; a hindrance.
                     I prithee, give no limits to my tongue. --Shak.
      5. (Logic & Metaph.) A determining feature; a distinguishing
            characteristic; a differentia.
      6. (Math.) A determinate quantity, to which a variable one
            continually approaches, and may differ from it by less
            than any given difference, but to which, under the law of
            variation, the variable can never become exactly
      {Elastic limit}. See under {Elastic}.
      {Prison limits}, a definite extent of space in or around a
            prison, within which a prisoner has liberty to go and
      Syn: Boundary; border; edge; termination; restriction; bound;

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Limit \Lim"it\ (l[icr]m"[icr]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Limited};
      p. pr. & vb. n. {Limiting}.] [F. limiter, L. limitare, fr.
      limes, limitis, limit; prob. akin to limen threshold, E.
      eliminate; cf. L. limus sidelong.]
      To apply a limit to, or set a limit for; to terminate,
      circumscribe, or restrict, by a limit or limits; as, to limit
      the acreage of a crop; to limit the issue of paper money; to
      limit one's ambitions or aspirations; to limit the meaning of
      a word.
      {Limiting parallels} (Astron.), those parallels of latitude
            between which only an occultation of a star or planet by
            the moon, in a given case, can occur.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Limit \Lim"it\, v. i.
      To beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited
      region; as, a limiting friar. [Obs.]
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