- 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.
- 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 limitOld French limite ; from Classical Latin limes (gen. limitis), border, frontier
Origin of limitME limiten < OFr limiter < L limitare
- 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 bn if, for every positive number &egr;, there exists a number N such that |bn−L| < &egr; if 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 verblim·it·ed, lim·it·ing, lim·its
Origin of limitMiddle English limite, from Old French, border, from Latin līmes, līmit-, border, limit.
- 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
- The limit of your lives is out.
- (logic, metaphysics) A determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic.
- (poker) Being a fixed limit game.
(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.
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.