from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Confined or restricted within certain limits.
  • adjective Not attaining the highest goals or achievement.
  • adjective Having only mediocre talent or range of ability.
  • adjective Having governmental or ruling powers restricted by enforceable limitations, as a constitution or a legislative body.
  • adjective Of or relating to a limited company.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or being transportation facilities, such as trains or buses, that make few stops and carry relatively few passengers.
  • noun A limited train or bus.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Confined within limits; narrow; circumscribed.
  • Allotted or appointed.
  • In railroading, restricted as to number of cars (weight), or to the carrying of first-class passengers: said of a train.
  • noun A limited express-train: as, the Chicago limited.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Confined within limits; narrow; circumscribed; restricted.
  • adjective [Eng.] a company in which the liability of each shareholder is limited by the number of shares he has taken, so that he can not be called on to contribute beyond the amount of his shares.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of limit.
  • adjective With certain (often specified) limits placed upon it.

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

  • adjective having a specific function or scope
  • adjective mediocre
  • adjective not unlimited
  • adjective including only a part
  • adjective small in range or scope
  • noun public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops
  • adjective subject to limits or subjected to limits
  • adjective not excessive


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