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Meaning of limit by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ˈlɪmɪt/, X-SAMPA: /"lImIt/
    • Rhymes: -ɪmɪt

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin limes ( “a cross-path or balk between fields, hence a boundary, boundary line or wall, any path or road, border, limit” ) .


    limit ( plural: limits )

    Commutative diagram of the universal property of cone L as the limit of F.
    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. ( mathematics ) A value to which a sequence converges. Equivalently, the common value of the upper limit and the lower limit of a sequence: if the upper and lower limits are different, then the sequence has no limit ( i.e., does not converge ) .
      The sequence of reciprocals has zero as its limit .
    3. ( mathematics ) Any of several abstractions of this concept of limit .
      Category theory defines a very general concept of limit .
    4. ( category theory ) Given diagram F : J → C, a cone ( L, φ ) from L ∈ Ob( C ) to F is the limit of F if it has the universal property that for any other cone ( N, ψ ) from N ∈ Ob( C ) to F there is a unique morphism u : N → L such that for all X ∈ Ob( J ),  \phi_X \circ <a href=u = \psi_X " src="//upload.wikimedia.org/wiktionary/en/math/b/e/b/beb7f44ba20bc5c244ee7d223de5ded2.png" > .
    5. ( poker ) Short for fixed limit .
    6. The final, utmost, or furthest point .
    Derived terms
    • German: Limit

    See also


    limit ( not comparable )

    1. ( poker ) Being a fixed limit game .

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English limiten, from Old French limiter, from Latin limitare ( “to bound, limit, fix, determine” ), from limes; see noun .

    External links

    • limit in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • limit in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • limit at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of limit by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. place limits on ( extent or access )

    2. limit the time you can spend with your friends
    3. restrict or confine,

    4. I limit you to two visits to the pub a day
    5. decide upon or fix definitely

    1. the greatest possible degree of something

    2. to the limit of his ability
    3. the boundary of a specific area

    4. as far as something can go

    5. the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed

    6. there are limits on the amount you can bet
      it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight
    7. the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity

    8. final or latest limiting point