# Definitions for: Limit

[n] the greatest possible degree of something; "what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior"; "to the limit of his ability"
[n] the boundary of a specific area
[n] as far as something can go
[n] 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"
[n] the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity
[n] final or latest limiting point
[v] place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
[v] restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
[v] decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"

Webster (1913) Definition: Lim"it (l[i^]m"[i^]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
equivalent.

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
come.

Syn: Boundary; border; edge; termination; restriction; bound;
confine.

Lim"it (l[i^]m"[i^]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.

Lim"it, v. i.
To beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited
region; as, a limiting friar. [Obs.]

Synonyms: bound, boundary, bounds, circumscribe, confine, demarcation, demarcation line, determine, fix, limit point, limitation, point of accumulation, restrain, restrict, set, specify, terminal point, terminus ad quem, throttle, trammel

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