limit
Overview
This page has 23 definitions of limit with English translations in 6 languages. Limit is a noun, an adjective and verb. Examples of how to use limit in a sentence are shown. Also define these 37 related words and terms: mathematics, sequence, converge, upper limit, lower limit, category theory, cone, diagram, factor through, inverse limit, terminal object, categorical product, pullback, equalizer, identity morphism, poker, fixed limit, final, utmost, furthest, point, logic, metaphysics, cycling, handicap, exasperating, intolerable, astounding, beg, exercise, function, limit, boundary, frequency, closeness, compactness, and density.
English
Pronunciation
Etymology 1
From Middle English limit, from Old French limit, from Latin līmes (“a crosspath 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 everlarger 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.
Sequence definition
A set of things next to each other in a set order; a series (1 of 8 sequence definitions)
Converge definition
Of two or more entities, to approach each other; to get closer and closer. (1 of 3 converge definitions)
Upper Limit definition
The upper limit of a sequence of real numbers is the real number which can be found as follows: remove the first term of the sequence in order to obtain the "first subsequence." Then remove the first term of the first subsequence in order to obtain the "second subsequence." Repeat the removal of first terms in order to obtain a "third subsequence," "fourth subsequence," etc. Find the supremum of each of these subsequences, then find the infimum of all of these supremums. This infimum is the upper limit.
Lower Limit definition
The lower limit of a sequence of real numbers is the real number which can be found as follows: remove the first term of the sequence in order to obtain the "first subsequence." Then remove the first term of the first subsequence in order to obtain the "second subsequence." Repeat the removal of first terms in order to obtain a "third subsequence," "fourth subsequence," etc. Find the infimum of each of these subsequences, then find the supremum of all of these infimums. This supremum is the lower limit.
 (mathematics) Any of several abstractions of this concept of limit.
 Category theory defines a very general concept of limit.
 (category theory) The cone of a diagram through which any other cone of that same diagram can factor uniquely.
 Synonyms: inverse limit, projective limit
 Hyponyms: terminal object, categorical product, pullback, equalizer, identity morphism
Category Theory definition
A branch of mathematics which deals with spaces and maps between them in abstraction, taking similar theorems from various disparate more concrete branches of mathematics and unifying them.
Cone definition
A surface of revolution formed by rotating a segment of a line around another line that intersects the first line. (1 of 17 cone definitions)
Diagram definition
A plan, drawing, sketch or outline to show how something works, or show the relationships between the parts of a whole. (1 of 3 diagram definitions)
Factor Through definition
Said of a morphism: to be equal to a composition of two morphisms, one of which is the given morphism (that is being said to be "factored through").
Inverse Limit definition
A subset of the Cartesian product of all the members of an inverse system, such that a member M of the subset is a sort of “cross section” of the inverse system (as fiber bundle) induced by the morphisms of it. (Ifin the indexing poset then in the inverse system and if , are components of M then ). (1 of 2 inverse limit definitions)
 (poker) Fixed limit.
Poker definition
A metal rod, generally of wrought iron, for adjusting the burning logs or coals in a fire; a firestick. (1 of 4 poker definitions)
 The final, utmost, or furthest point; the border or edge.
 the limit of a walk, of a town, or of a country
 1713, Alexander Pope, “WindsorForest. […]”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volume I, London: […] W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintot, […], published 1717, OCLC 43265629:
 As eager of the chase, the maid / Beyond the forest's verdant limits strayed.
Final definition
A final examination; a test or examination given at the end of a term or class; the test that concludes a class. (1 of 5 final definitions)
 (obsolete) The space or thing defined by limits.
 c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i]:
 The 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.
 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii]:
 the dateless limit of thy dear exile
 c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iii]:
 The limit of your lives is out.
 (obsolete) A restriction; a check or curb; a hindrance.
 c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene ii]:
 I prithee, give no limits to my tongue.
 (logic, metaphysics) A determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic.
Logic definition
logical
Metaphysics definition
The branch of philosophy which studies fundamental principles intended to describe or explain all that is, and which are not themselves explained by anything more fundamental; the study of first principles; the study of being insofar as it is being (ens in quantum ens). (1 of 6 metaphysics definitions)
 (cycling) The first group of riders to depart in a handicap race.
Cycling definition
present participle of cycle
Handicap definition
Something that prevents, hampers, or hinders. (1 of 5 handicap definitions)
 (colloquial, as "the limit") A person who is exasperating, intolerable, astounding, etc.
 1932, Delos W. Lovelace, King Kong, published 1965, page 63:
 Englehorn looked at his employer in incredulous admiration. ‘You’re the limit,’ he declared.
Exasperating definition
present participle of exasperate
Intolerable definition
not tolerable; not capable of being borne or endured (1 of 2 intolerable definitions)
Astounding definition
present participle of astound
Synonyms
 (restriction): bound, boundary, limitation, restriction, threshold
Derived terms
 age limit
 Bremermann's limit
 central limit theorem
 city limit(s)
 elastic limit
 in the limit
 limitation
 limit down
 limitless
 limit up
 lower limit
 outer limit
 the sky is the limit
 time limit
 to the limit
 unlimited
 upper limit
Descendants
 German: Limit
Translations




Adjective
limit (not comparable)
 (poker) Being a fixed limit game.
See also
Etymology 2
From Middle English limiten, from Old French limiter, from Latin līmitō (“to bound, limit, fix, determine”), from līmes; see noun.
Verb
limit (thirdperson singular simple present limits, present participle limiting, simple past and past participle limited)
 (transitive) To restrict; not to allow to go beyond a certain bound, to set boundaries.
 We need to limit the power of the executive.
 I'm limiting myself to two drinks tonight.
 2013 August 10, “Can China clean up fast enough?”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
 [The Chinese government] has jailed environmental activists and is planning to limit the power of judicial oversight by handing a stateapproved 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
Exercise definition
Any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability. (1 of 5 exercise definitions)
Function definition
What something does or is used for. (1 of 10 function definitions)
Synonyms
 (restrict): See Thesaurus:hinder
Translations


Further reading
 limit in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
 limit in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
 limit at OneLook Dictionary Search
Anagrams
Czech
Pronunciation
Noun
limit m
Related terms
 limita
 limitní
 limitovat
Further reading
 limit in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
 limit in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
Hungarian
Etymology
Pronunciation
Noun
limit (plural limitek)
 limit (the final, utmost, or furthest point)
Limit definition
A restriction; a bound beyond which one may not go. (1 of 12 limit definitions)
Declension
Inflection (stem in e, front unrounded harmony)  

singular  plural  
nominative  limit  limitek 
accusative  limitet  limiteket 
dative  limitnek  limiteknek 
instrumental  limittel  limitekkel 
causalfinal  limitért  limitekért 
translative  limitté  limitekké 
terminative  limitig  limitekig 
essiveformal  limitként  limitekként 
essivemodal  —  — 
inessive  limitben  limitekben 
superessive  limiten  limiteken 
adessive  limitnél  limiteknél 
illative  limitbe  limitekbe 
sublative  limitre  limitekre 
allative  limithez  limitekhez 
elative  limitből  limitekből 
delative  limitről  limitekről 
ablative  limittől  limitektől 
nonattributive possessive  singular 
limité  limiteké 
nonattributive possessive  plural 
limitéi  limitekéi 
Possessive forms of limit  

possessor  single possession  multiple possessions 
1st person sing.  limitem  limitjeim 
2nd person sing.  limited  limitjeid 
3rd person sing.  limitje  limitjei 
1st person plural  limitünk  limitjeink 
2nd person plural  limitetek  limitjeitek 
3rd person plural  limitjük  limitjeik 
References
 ^ Tótfalusi, István. Idegenszótár: Idegen szavak értelmező és etimológiai szótára (’A Storehouse of Foreign Words: an explanatory and etymological dictionary of foreign words’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2005. →ISBN
Polish
Etymology
From French limite, from Old French limit, from Latin līmes.
Pronunciation
Noun
limit m inan
 limit (restriction; bound beyond which one may not go)
Declension
Derived terms
 (verb) limitować
 (adjective) limitowy
Further reading
 limit in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
 limit in Polish dictionaries at PWN
SerboCroatian
Etymology
Noun
lìmit m (Cyrillic spelling лѝмит)
Declension
Tagalog
Pronunciation
 IPA^{(key)}: /ˈli.mit/
Noun
limit
 frequency
Frequency definition
The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period. (1 of 4 frequency definitions)
 closeness; compactness; density
Compactness definition
the state of being compact
Density definition
A measure of the mass of matter contained by a unit volume. (1 of 4 density definitions)
Synonyms
 kalimitan