What does limit mean?

Definitions for limit
ˈlɪm ɪtlim·it

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. limit, bound, boundarynoun

    the greatest possible degree of something

    "what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior"; "to the limit of his ability"

  2. terminus ad quem, terminal point, limitnoun

    final or latest limiting point

  3. limitnoun

    as far as something can go

  4. limit, demarcation, demarcation linenoun

    the boundary of a specific area

  5. limit, limit point, point of accumulationnoun

    the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity

  6. limit, limitationverb

    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"

  7. restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttleverb

    place limits on (extent or access)

    "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

  8. limit, circumscribe, confineverb

    restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"

  9. specify, set, determine, define, fix, limitverb

    decide upon or fix definitely

    "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LIMITnoun

    Bound; border; utmost reach.

    Etymology: limite, French; limitor, Latin.

    The whole limit of the mountain round about shall be most holy. Exod. xliii. 12.

  2. To Limitverb

    To confine with certain bounds; to restrain; to circumscribe; not to leave at large.

    Etymology: limiter, French, from the noun.

    They tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. Psal. lxxviii. 41.

    Thanks I must you con,
    That you are thieves profest;
    For there is boundless theft
    In limited professions. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    If a king come in by conquest, he is no longer a limited monarch. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Limitverb

    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

  2. Limitverb

    the space or thing defined by limits

  3. Limitverb

    that which terminates a period of time; hence, the period itself; the full time or extent

  4. Limitverb

    a restriction; a check; a curb; a hindrance

  5. Limitverb

    a determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic; a differentia

  6. Limitverb

    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

  7. Limitverb

    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

  8. Limitverb

    to beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited region; as, a limiting friar

  9. Etymology: [F. limiter, L. limitare, fr. limes, limitis, limit; prob. akin to limen threshold, E. eliminate; cf. L. limus sidelong.]


  1. Limit

    In mathematics, a limit is the value that a function or sequence "approaches" as the input or index approaches some value. Limits are essential to calculus and are used to define continuity, derivatives, and integrals. The concept of a limit of a sequence is further generalized to the concept of a limit of a topological net, and is closely related to limit and direct limit in category theory. In formulas, limit is usually abbreviated as lim as in lim = a, and the fact of approaching a limit is represented by the right arrow as in an → a.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Limit

    lim′it, n. boundary: utmost extent: restriction: (Shak.) a limb, as the limit of the body.—v.t. to confine within bounds: to restrain: to fix within limits.—adjs. Lim′itable, that may be limited, bounded, or restrained; Limitā′rian, tending to limit.—n. one who limits.—adjs. Lim′itary, placed at the boundary as a guard, &c.: confined within limits; Lim′itate (bot.), bounded by a distinct line.—n. Limitā′tion, the act of limiting, bounding, or restraining: the state of being limited, bounded, or restrained: restriction.—adjs. Limitā′tive, Lim′ited, within limits: narrow: restricted.—adv. Lim′itedly.—ns. Lim′itedness; Lim′iter, the person or thing that limits or confines: a friar who had a license to beg within certain bounds.—adj. Lim′itless, having no limits: boundless: immense: infinite.—Limited liability (see Liability); Limited monarchy, a monarchy in which the supreme power is shared with a body of nobles, a representative body, or both. [Fr.,—L. limes, limitis, a boundary.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'limit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3083

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'limit' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2502

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'limit' in Nouns Frequency: #740

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'limit' in Verbs Frequency: #314

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of limit in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of limit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of limit in a Sentence

  1. Pete Stauber:

    Unleashing American energy and mineral dominance will be a priority of the Republican majority, and it starts with real permitting reforming, especially for mining, my Permitting for Mining Needs Act will improve our permitting process and limit frivolous litigation.

  2. Matt Duss:

    It's part of a broader effort to limit the political space, to squeeze out opposing views, it has very negative connotations. It creates a hostile environment for those who express legitimate criticism and would put Israel in some very bad company.

  3. Lukman Otunuga:

    With Trump's unpredictable behavior leaving investors on edge, the Japanese yen has scope to appreciate further in the short term, however, a strengthening dollar on the back of heightened U.S. rate hike expectations could limit the yen's upside gains.

  4. Kemal Kilicdaroglu:

    The battle in parliament will most likely be tougher in the coming days because they want to limit our right to speak by changing the internal bylaws and it is impossible for us to tolerate this, therefore this battle will get tougher, and it may even spill over to the streets.

  5. Mark Sinyor:

    When you limit people's access to people's methods, you see fewer deaths in an area, that is because people who are suicidal ultimately can find other ways of coping if in the moment a means of death is not readily available.

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. extroversive
    • B. incumbent
    • C. defiant
    • D. adscripted

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