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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Limit  \Lim"it\,  v.  i. 
  To  beg,  or  to  exercise  functions,  within  a  certain  limited 
  region;  as  a  limiting  friar.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Limit  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Limit  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  limit 
  n  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:  as  far  as  something  can  go 
  4:  the  boundary  of  a  specific  area  [syn:  {demarcation},  {demarcation 
  line}] 
  5:  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}] 
  6:  a  mathematical  value  toward  which  a  function  goes  as  the 
  independent  variable  approaches  infinity  [syn:  {limit 
  point},  {point  of  accumulation}] 
  v  1:  place  limits  on  "restrict  the  use  of  this  parking  lot" 
  [syn:  {restrict},  {restrain},  {trammel},  {bound},  {confine}, 
  {throttle}] 
  2:  place  under  restrictions;  limit  access  to  [syn:  {restrict}] 
  [ant:  {derestrict}] 
  3:  restrict  or  confine,  as  to  area,  extent,  time,  etc  [syn:  {circumscribe}, 
  {confine}] 




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