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Dictionary Definition

limit

Noun

1 the greatest possible degree of something; "what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior"; "to the limit of his ability" [syn: bounds, boundary]
2 final or latest limiting point [syn: terminus ad quem, terminal point]
3 the boundary of a specific area [syn: demarcation, demarcation line]
4 as far as something can go
5 the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity [syn: limit point, point of accumulation]
6 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" [syn: limitation]

Verb

1 place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends" [syn: restrict, restrain, trammel, bound, confine, throttle]
2 restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day" [syn: circumscribe, confine]
3 decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters" [syn: specify, set, determine, fix]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈlɪmɪt/, /"lImIt/
  • Rhymes: -ɪmɪt

Verb

  1. To restrict; not to allow to go beyond a certain bound.
    We need to limit the power of the executive.
    I'm limiting myself to two drinks tonight.
  2. mathematics intransitive To have a limit in a particular set.
    The sequence limits on the point a.

Synonyms

Translations

restrict
  • Finnish: rajoittaa
  • Irish: cum
  • Scots: leemit
  • Slovene: omejiti
  • Spanish: limitar
  • Swedish: begränsa

Noun

limit (plural: limits)
  1. A restriction; a bound beyond which one may not go.
    There are several existing limits to executive power.
    Two drinks is my limit tonight.
  2. A value to which a sequence converges.
    The sequence of reciprocals has zero as its limit.
  3. Any of several abstractions of this concept of limit.
    Category theory defines a very general concept of limit.
  4. Short for fixed limit.

Synonyms

Translations

boundary
mathematics: value to which a sequence converges
  • Finnish: raja-arvo
  • French: limite
  • German: Grenzwert, Grenze
  • Italian: limite
  • Slovene: limita
  • Swedish: gränsvärde
mathematics: abstraction of this concept of limit
  • German: Limes, Grenzwert
  • Swedish: gränsvärde

Adjective

  1. Being a fixed limit game.

Croatian

Etymology

From Limit.

Noun

hr-noun m
  1. boundary
  2. boundary that cannot be surpassed

Czech

Pronunciation

Noun

limit

Extensive Definition

A limit can be:

See also

limit in German: Limit
limit in Spanish: Límite
limit in French: Limite
limit in Norwegian: Grense
limit in Russian: Предел
limit in Chinese: 极限

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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