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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v limit place limits on (extent or access) "restrict the use of this parking lot","limit the time you can spend with your friends"
    • v limit restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
    • v limit decide upon or fix definitely "fix the variables","specify the parameters"
    • n limit the greatest possible degree of something "what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior","to the limit of his ability"
    • n limit the boundary of a specific area
    • n limit as far as something can go
    • n limit the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed "there are limits on the amount you can bet","it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight"
    • n limit the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity
    • n limit final or latest limiting point
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Alderson, West Virginia, it is illegal to walk a lion, tiger or leopard in the city limits, even it is on a leash.
    • Limit (Math) A determinate quantity, to which a variable one continually approaches, and may differ from it by less than any given difference, but to which, under the law of variation, the variable can never become exactly equivalent.
    • Limit (Logic & Metaph) A determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic; a differentia.
    • Limit A restriction; a check; a curb; a hindrance. "I prithee, give no limits to my tongue."
    • Limit That which terminates a period of time; hence, the period itself; the full time or extent. "The dateless limit of thy dear exile.""The limit of your lives is out."
    • Limit That which terminates, circumscribes, restrains, or confines; the bound, border, or edge; the utmost extent; as, the limit of a walk, of a town, of a country; the limits of human knowledge or endeavor. "As eager of the chase, the maid
      Beyond the forest's verdant limits strayed."
    • Limit The space or thing defined by limits. "The archdeacon hath divided it
      Into three limits very equally."
    • v. t Limit lĭm"ĭt To apply a limit to, or set a limit for; to terminate, circumscribe, or restrict, by a limit or limits; as, to limit the acreage of a crop; to limit the issue of paper money; to limit one's ambitions or aspirations; to limit the meaning of a word.
    • v. i Limit To beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited region; as, a limiting friar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Tulsa, Oklahoma the limit on kisses is three minutes (by law).
    • n limit A definite terminal or border line; a boundary; that which bounds or circumscribes in a material manner; as, the northern limit of a field or town; the limits of a country.
    • n limit A terminal line or point in general; the extent or reach beyond which continuity ceases; a fixed term or bound as to amount, supply, continuance, inclusion, or the like: used of both material and immaterial things: as, to reach the limit of one's resources; the limit of vision or of resistance; to set limits to one's ambition.
    • n limit That which is within or defined by limits; confine; district; region.
    • n limit A logical term. See the quotation.
    • n limit In mathematics, the precise boundary between two continuous regions of magnitude or quantity; especially, the point at which a variable upon which some function depends passes through infinity. It is frequently said to be the value that a variable quantity may indefinitely approach but can never reach—a definition which, as tacitly assuming that the variable depends upon another which increases by successive finite steps, introduces an inessential element, while altogether overlooking the essential one of continuity.
    • n limit A limb, as a limit or extremity of the body.
    • n limit Synonyms Confine, termination, bourn, precinct, boundary, frontier (see boundary); restriction, restraint, check.
    • limit To restrict within limits; bound; set bounds to.
    • limit To assign to a limit or confine; fix within a limit; allot.
    • limit To fix as a limit; assign exclusively or specifically.
    • limit To exercise any function, as begging, within a limited district: as, a limiting friar.
    • n limit Inpoker, an amount, agreed upon before play begins, by which any one player may increase his bet over that of another. Sometimes called the raise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is against the law in Pueblo, Colorado, to raise or permit a dandelion to grow within the city limits.
    • n Limit lim′it boundary: utmost extent: restriction:
    • v.t Limit to confine within bounds: to restrain: to fix within limits
    • n Limit one who limits
    • n Limit lim′it (Shak.) a limb, as the limit of the body
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  • William Paley
    William Paley
    “God has been pleased to prescribe limits to his power and to work out his ends within these limits.”
  • William Paley
    William Paley
    “God has been pleased to prescribe limits to his power and to work out his ends within these limits.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.”
  • A. J. Liebling
    A. J. Liebling
    “Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.”
  • Charles M. Schwab
    “When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do.”
  • Richard M. Nixon
    “The sky is no longer the limit.”


Sky is the limit - When people say that the sky is the limit, they think that there are no limits to the possibilities something could have.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. limiter, L. limitare, fr. limes, limitis, limit; prob. akin to limen, threshold, E. eliminate,; cf. L. limus, sidelong
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. limes, limitis, a boundary.


In literature:

This will seem to limit the list of subjects to the commonplace.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Means of transport is of the cheapest and best kind, and is without limit.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Land is limited in amount, certain kinds of land very narrowly limited.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
There had been a change in the old time schedule of the Limited Mail.
"Ralph on the Engine" by Allen Chapman
Progress and the Limits of Scientific Prevision.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
He knew his own limitation.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
He had, however, wandered pretty widely outside the limits of the Clapham Sect.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
It is not limited to the face but extends to the whole body.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Pushed further, it becomes the limitation of thought by sensation, the higher by the lower.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
They are limited but free within the limitation, and the limitation itself was of their own making.
"Elementary Theosophy" by L. W. Rogers
The swelling is sometimes limited to one side, and when both are swollen it is generally larger on one side than on the other.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The limiting thought of Rome was often stifling to him.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
His intellectual force was extraordinary within certain limits; beyond those limits the giant became a child.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Arabian civilization soon reached its limits.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
It is beyond the limit, and ought to be assimilated within the limited individuality of the animal.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
I do not propose this as a regular digested plan, neither will the limits of this paper admit of any further remarks upon it.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
The only limits to the teaching of this young citizen are his or her own limitations.
"The Salvaging Of Civilisation" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The Mekong river which limits British interests in Burma limits also those of France in Tongking.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
And then he spoke of the limited liability feature as desirable.
"The Boss of Wind River" by A. M. Chisholm
These are narrowly limited both in point of time and in point of matter.
"The Value of Money" by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.

In poetry:

TWO strangers, from opposing poles,
Meet in the torrid zone of Love:
And their desire seems set above
The limitation of their souls.
"The Egoists" by Edith Nesbit
He'd gaze in her orbit of blue,
Her hand he would tenderly squeeze,
But the words of her tongue that he knew
Were limited strictly to these:
"Lorenzo De Lardy" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Now rest in peace, our patriot band;
Though far from nature's limits thrown,
We trust they find a happier land,
A bright Phoebus of their own.
"Eutaw Springs" by Philip Morin Freneau
Now rest in peace, our patriot band,
Though far from nature's limits thrown,
We trust they find a happier land,
A brighter sunshine of their own.
"To The Memory Of The Brave Americans" by Philip Morin Freneau
So I do, but my heart
Is the heart of a man,
And my thoughts cannot twirl
In the limited span
'Twixt my head and my heels,
As some other men's can.
"The Foreigner" by Amy Lowell
That's my window. This minute
So gently did I alight
From sleep—was still floating in it.
Where has my life its limit
And where begins the night?
"Girl in Love" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

When these limited-edition, super-potent beers appear on the market, connoisseurs are urged to act quickly.
Moving just under the speed limit from Connetquot Ave/X46.
Credited with saving the show, comic Jeffrey Ross reveals how he ended up on the "Torpedo of Truth" tour, the one topic that's off-limits during the show and how he first had to insult Sheen to get the job.
Old-school cleaning: Before no-scrub bay cleaners were available, an owner's options were often very limited.
"Should certain personal information be off limits when running for office.".
Why Should Jeremiah Wright Be Off -Limits for Political Attacks.
Tanning beds to be off -limits to Calif teens.
Large Zone Near Japanese Reactors to Be Off Limits.
Class size is limited to EIGHT, and a waiting list will be maintained in case of no-shows.
A stifling St Bonaventure defense limited the Bearcats to just 24 percent shooting for the game (11-of-45).
Federal officials Thursday gave Royal Dutch Shell approval for limited site work in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's northern coast.
The Alberta plant at the centre of an E. Coli scare is being allowed to resume limited operations.
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake News Archive from WWE Over the Limit.
There will be a daily limit of four salmon, of which an angler may retain up to two chinook or king salmon and complete the catch limit with other salmon species.
Each flammable substance has a level of concentration in air that is usually expressed as a percent by volume, which is known as its lower flammable limit (LFL) or lower explosive limit (LEL).

In science:

The limit N → ∞ is also a standard procedure in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory known as thermodynamic limit or infrared limit respectively.
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
We consider the collisionless regime when the N → +∞ limit is taken before the t → +∞ limit (Vlasov limit).
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot
We also develop a more general framework in terms of which this new Penrose limit can be understood and discuss in particular the relation between our limit and the original BMN limit.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
Thus, our new pp-wave limit is just one of a large family of pp-wave limits, that all have a different origin in the N = 4 SYM theory but all yield the same pp-wave limit.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
This shows that the limit Λ → ∞ does not commute with the low momentum limit ˜p → 0 so that there is a mixing of UV and IR limits.
Noncommutative Supersymmetric Theories
This lower limit is reached for Ωp = 10.4 km s−1 kpc−1, while the limited extent of the circular velocity curve prevents the derivation of a proper upper limit.
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
There are two limits: (1) Weak tunneling limit ∆SAS ≪ e2 d ǫ . (2) Strong tunneling limit ∆SAS ≫ e2 d ǫ where the bilayer system becomes essentially the same as a single layer.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
If we take the limit n, N → ∞, such that particles, but on average the density is n/N . n/N → ρ ∈ [0, 1], we know that there will be a weak-∗ limit point of the thinning-invariant triangular array, and also that any limit point will be thinning invariant.
A Thinning Analogue of de Finetti's Theorem
The natural limiting framework of large random matrices is free probability, and the limiting spectral measure of the sum of a Hermitian Brownian motion and a deterministic self-adjoint matrix converges toward the free convolution of their respective limiting spectral measure.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
In particular, when studying the continuum limit in the large-N limit of the theory, one has to take into account the non-uniformity of the two limits, cutoff Λ → ∞ and N → ∞ [11, 14].
Large logarithmic rescaling of the scalar condensate: a subtlety with substantial phenomenological implications
First we take the thermodynamic limit, next the chiral limit (and, finally, the continuum limit).
QCD, Chiral Random Matrix Theory and Integrability
In particular, this means that all limit moments of A + B (which are sums of mixed moments) exist, thus A + B has a limit distribution, and are actually determined in terms of the limit moments of A and the limit moments of B.
The polynomial method for random matrices
For instance, the limiting moments of WN (1) − IN are the Riordan numbers, the large Schr¨oder numbers correspond to the limiting moments of 2WN (0.5) while the small Schr¨oder numbers are the limiting moments of 4WN (0.125).
The polynomial method for random matrices
The moments of the limiting distribution are computed, and we prove that the limit of this limiting distribution as the density of points goes to infinity has a nice expression.
Eigenvalues of Euclidean Random Matrices
We argue that a “good” limit should not only capture the idea of a structural limit, but it should also be an algebraic limit, i.e. capture the essential algebraic properties of the minimal choice functions.
Domain closure conditions and definability preservation