# Limit

#### Pronunciation

**IPA:***/ˈlɪmɪt/*- Rhymes: -ɪmɪt

### Origin 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").

#### Noun

#### limit

(*plural*)

**limits**- A restriction; a bound beyond which one may not go.
*There are several existing***limits**to executive power.*Two drinks is my***limit**tonight. **1839**, Charles Dickens,*Nicholas Nickleby*, chapter 21:It is the conductor which communicates to the inhabitants of regions beyond its**limit**, ...**1922**, James_Joyce,*Ulysses*, episode 17:Ever he would wander, selfcompelled, to the extreme**limit**of his cometary orbit, beyond the fixed stars and variable suns and telescopic planets, astronomical waifs and strays, to the extreme boundary of space, ...**2012**March 6, Dan McCrum, Nicole Bullock and Guy Chazan,*Financial Times*, “Utility buyout loses power in shale gas revolution”:At the time, there seemed to be no**limit**to the size of ever-larger private equity deals, with banks falling over each other to arrange financing on generous terms and to invest money from their own private equity arms.- (
*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.* - (
*mathematics*) Any of several abstractions of this concept of limit.*Category theory defines a very general concept of limit.* - (
*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*), $\backslash phi\_X\; \backslash circ\; u\; =\; \backslash psi\_X$

- (
*poker*) Short for fixed limit. - The final, utmost, or furthest point; the border or edge.
*the***limit**of a walk, of a town, or of a country - Alexander PopeAs eager of the chase, the maid

Beyond the forest's verdant**limits**strayed. - (
*obsolete*) The space or thing defined by limits. - ShakespeareThe archdeacon hath divided it

Into three**limits**very equally. - (
*obsolete*) That which terminates a period of time; hence, the period itself; the full time or extent. - Shakespearethe dateless
**limit**of thy dear exile - ShakespeareThe
**limit**of your lives is out. - (
*obsolete*) A restriction; a check or curb; a hindrance. - ShakespeareI prithee, give no
**limits**to my tongue. - (
*logic, metaphysics*) A determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic.

#### Synonyms

- (
*restriction*) bound, boundary, limitation, restriction

#### Derived terms

#### Descendants

- German: Limit

### Origin 2

From *Middle English* __limiten__, from *Old French* __limiter__, from *Latin* __limitare__ ("to bound, limit, fix, determine"), from __limes__; see noun.

#### Verb

- (
*transitive*) 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. **2013-08-10**, Can China clean up fast enough?Chinese government has jailed environmental activists and is planning to**limit**the power of judicial oversight by handing a state-approved body a monopoly over bringing environmental lawsuits.- (
*mathematics, intransitive*) To have a limit in a particular set.The sequence**limits**on the point*a*. - (
*obsolete*) To beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited region.a**limiting**friar

#### Synonyms

- (
*restrict*) cap; restrict; withstrain