Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The point, edge, or line beyond which something cannot or may not proceed.
  • n. The boundary surrounding a specific area; bounds: within the city limits.
  • n. A confining or restricting object, agent, or influence.
  • n. The greatest or least amount, number, or extent allowed or possible: a withdrawal limit of $200; no minimum age limit.
  • n. Games The largest amount which may be bet at one time in games of chance.
  • n. Mathematics A number or point L that is 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. Also called limit point, point of accumulation.
  • n. Informal One that approaches or exceeds certain limits, as of credibility, forbearance, or acceptability: He is the limit of irresponsibility.
  • transitive v. To confine or restrict within a boundary or bounds.
  • transitive v. To fix definitely; to specify.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A restriction; a bound beyond which one may not go.
  • n. A value to which a sequence converges. Equivalently, the common value of the upper limit and the lower limit of a sequence: if the upper and lower limits are different, then the sequence has no limit (i.e., does not converge).
  • n. Any of several abstractions of this concept of limit.
  • n. Given diagram F : J → C, a cone (L, φ) from L ∈ Ob(C) to F is the limit of F if it has the universal property that for any other cone (N, ψ) from N ∈ Ob(C) to F there is a unique morphism u : N → L such that for all X ∈ Ob(J), .
  • n. Short for fixed limit.
  • n. The final, utmost, or furthest point.
  • adj. Being a fixed limit game.
  • v. To restrict; not to allow to go beyond a certain bound.
  • v. To have a limit in a particular set.
  • v. To beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited region.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which terminates, circumscribes, restrains, or confines; the bound, border, or edge; the utmost extent
  • n. The space or thing defined by limits.
  • n. That which terminates a period of time; hence, the period itself; the full time or extent.
  • n. A restriction; a check; a curb; a hindrance.
  • n. A determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic; a differentia.
  • n. 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 equivalent.
  • transitive v. To apply a limit to, or set a limit for; to terminate, circumscribe, or restrict, by a limit or limits
  • intransitive v. To beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited region.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A definite terminal or border line; a boundary; that which bounds or circumscribes in a material manner; as, the northern limit of a field or town; the limits of a country.
  • n. A terminal line or point in general; the extent or reach beyond which continuity ceases; a fixed term or bound as to amount, supply, continuance, inclusion, or the like: used of both material and immaterial things: as, to reach the limit of one's resources; the limit of vision or of resistance; to set limits to one's ambition.
  • n. That which is within or defined by limits; confine; district; region.
  • n. A logical term. See the quotation.
  • n. In mathematics, the precise boundary between two continuous regions of magnitude or quantity; especially, the point at which a variable upon which some function depends passes through infinity.
  • n. A limb, as a limit or extremity of the body.
  • n. Synonyms Confine, termination, bourn, precinct, boundary, frontier (see boundary); restriction, restraint, check.
  • To restrict within limits; bound; set bounds to.
  • To assign to a limit or confine; fix within a limit; allot.
  • To fix as a limit; assign exclusively or specifically.
  • To exercise any function, as begging, within a limited district: as, a limiting friar.
  • n. Inpoker, an amount, agreed upon before play begins, by which any one player may increase his bet over that of another. Sometimes called the raise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the greatest possible degree of something
  • n. final or latest limiting point
  • n. the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed
  • n. as far as something can go
  • v. restrict or confine,
  • v. place limits on (extent or access)
  • v. decide upon or fix definitely
  • n. the boundary of a specific area
  • n. the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity

Etymologies

Middle English limite, from Old French, border, from Latin līmes, līmit-, border, limit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin limes ("a cross-path or balk between fields, hence a boundary, boundary line or wall, any path or road, border, limit"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English limiten, from Old French limiter, from Latin limitare ("to bound, limit, fix, determine"), from limes; see noun. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If men's wages fall below a certain limit, they become tramps, thieves, and robbers; but woman's wages _have no limit_, since she can always work for less than she can subsist upon, the _paths of shame being open to her_.

    Women Wage-Earners Their Past, Their Present, and Their Future

  • A $limit of "- 1″," 0″, or NULL means "no limit" and, as is standard across PHP, you can use NULL to skip to the $flags parameter. flags: Can be a combination of the flags defined below (combined with the bitwise "|" operator).

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  • $pattern. pattern: The pattern to search for, as a string. limit: If specified, then only substrings up to $limit are returned with the rest of the string being placed in the last substring.

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  • To realize maintaining a list of the minimal k elements, I used a derived max heap, which is limited to k elements: limit = (int) $limit;} public function compare ($a, $b) {if (! (

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  • Defaults to -1 (no limit). count: If specified, this variable will be filled with the number of replacements done. preg_replace (mixed $pattern, mixed $replacement, mixed $subject [, int $limit = -1

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  • Though he may still need a new day job - he will reach his term limit in the City Council in 2013.

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  • Thanks to a term limit and possible misconduct, the plum Bronx Surrogate's job is soon coming up for grabs, our dear Bob Kappstatter Surrogate Lee Holzman is due to step down when his 12-year-term expires Dec. 31, 2012.

    NY Daily News

  • While he does not supporting electing them, he prefers a term limit of perhaps 12 or 15 years.

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  • GOP Rep. Mike Pence and former Democratic Indiana House Speaker John Gregg are the early favorites to replace Daniels, who can't run again because he reached his term limit.

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  • The presidential camp, backed by the Constitutional Council, argues that the change came into force after Wade took office 12 years ago, so the term limit does not apply.

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  • I prefer "lowmit" be classed as an "illeagal" word.

    June 10, 2010

  • On a road the speed limit may be 70mph but this doesn't say what the slowest you can leagally drive is.
    I think the word for this should be "lowmit".
    I cannot find any trace of this word online and I'm leaving this comment so that I can have it recorded somewhere.

    June 10, 2010