• A restriction; a bound beyond which one may not go.
  • 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).
  • Any of several abstractions of this concept of limit.
  • The cone of a diagram through which any other cone of that same diagram can factor uniquely.
  • Fixed limit.
  • The final, utmost, or furthest point; the border or edge.
  • The space or thing defined by limits.
  • That which terminates a period of time; hence, the period itself; the full time or extent.
  • A restriction; a check or curb; a hindrance.
  • A determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic.
  • The first group of riders to depart in a handicap race.
  • A person who is exasperating, intolerable, astounding, etc.



  • To restrict; not to allow to go beyond a certain bound, to set boundaries.
  • To have a limit in a particular set.
  • To beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited region.


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  • From Middle English limit, from Old French limit, from Latin līmes ("a cross-path or balk between fields, hence a boundary, boundary line or wall, any path or road, border, limit").
  • From Middle English limiten, from Old French limiter, from Latin līmitō ("to bound, limit, fix, determine"), from līmes; see noun.

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