• (v. t.) 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
• (v. t.) The space or thing defined by limits.
• (v. t.) That which terminates a period of time; hence, the period
itself; the full time or extent.
• (v. t.) A restriction; a check; a curb; a hindrance.
• (v. t.) A determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic; a
• (v. t.) 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.
• (v. t.) 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.) To beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain
limited region; as, a limiting friar.