- The definition of a limit is a boundary or point where something ends or the maximum amount allowed.
- An example of a limit is a child only being allowed to play on the block on which their house is located.
- An example of a limit is a parent telling their child they can only spend ten dollars at the toy store.
- An example of a limit is a dog on a four-foot leash.

## limit

noun

- the point, line, or edge where something ends or must end; boundary or border beyond which something ceases to be or to be possible
- bounds; boundary lines
- the greatest number or amount allowed: to catch the
*limit*for a day of trout fishing - the maximum amount which may be bet, or by which a bet may be raised, at one time, as in poker
- Math. a fixed quantity or value which a varying quantity is regarded as approaching indefinitely

Origin of limit

Old French*limite*; from Classical Latin

*limes*(gen.

*limitis*), border, frontier

transitive verb

to confine within bounds; set a limit to; restrict; curb

Origin of limit

ME*limiten*< OFr

*limiter*< L

*limitare*

**limit Idioms**

the limit

☆ Informal any person or thing regarded as unbearable, remarkable, etc. to an extreme degree

## limit

noun

- The point, edge, or line beyond which something ends, may not go, or is not allowed:
*the 12-mile fishing limit; the limit of my patience.* -
**limits**The boundary surrounding a specific area; bounds:*within the city limits.* - Something that restricts or restrains; a restraint:
*The child needs to have limits put on his behavior.* - The greatest or least amount, number, or extent allowed or possible:
*a withdrawal limit of $200; no minimum age limit.* -
*Games*The largest amount which may be bet at one time in games of chance. *Abbr.***lim***Mathematics*a. A number or point*L*that is approached by a function*f(x)*as*x*approaches*a*if, for every positive number &egr;, there exists a number &dgr; such that |*f(x)−L*| < &egr; if |*x−a*| < &dgr;.b. A number or point*L*that is approached by a sequence*b*if, for every positive number &egr;, there exists a number_{n}*N*such that |*b*| < &egr; if_{n}−L*n*>*N*. Also called*limit point*.-
*Informal*One that is intolerable, remarkable, or extreme in some other way:*“That's the limit!” the babysitter exclaimed after the child spilled a glass of milk.*

transitive verb

**lim·it·ed**,

**lim·it·ing**,

**lim·its**

To confine or restrict with a limit:

*Let's limit the discussion to what is doable. The offer limits us to three for a dollar.*Origin of limit

Middle English*limite*, from Old French,

*border*, from Latin

*līmes*

*, līmit-*,

*border, limit*.

*Related Forms:*

**lim′it·a·ble**adjective

## limit

Noun

(*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.*

- (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*). - (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*

- Shakespeare
- The limit of your lives is out.

- (logic, metaphysics) A determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic.

Adjective

(*not comparable*)

- (poker) Being a fixed limit game.

Origin

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”).

Verb

(*third-person singular simple present* limits, *present participle* limiting, *simple past and past participle* limited)

- 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.*

- (mathematics, intransitive) To have a limit in a particular set.
*The sequence limits on the point**a*.

Origin

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

## limit - Investment & Finance Definition

- In the futures market, the maximum daily allowable amount that a futures contract may advance or decline during one trading session.
- The number of positions that one trader may hold in the market.