Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) the greatest possible degree of something
    to the limit of his ability
  2. (noun, time) final or latest limiting point
  3. (noun, location) as far as something can go
  4. (noun, location) the boundary of a specific area
  5. (noun, quantity) the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity
  6. (noun, quantity) the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed
    it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight
  7. (verb, change) place limits on (extent or access)
    limit the time you can spend with your friends
  8. (verb, change) restrict or confine,
  9. (verb, communication) decide upon or fix definitely
    specify the parameters

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Origin of the word Limit

  1. late 14c., "boundary, frontier," from O.Fr. limite "a boundary," from L. limitem (nom. limes) "a boundary, embankment between fields, border," related to limen "threshold." Colloquial sense of "the very extreme, the greatest degree imaginable" is from 1904. The verb is late 14c., from O.Fr. limiter, from L. limitare "to bound, limit, fi… more

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