- limit [lim′it]n.[OFr limite < L limes (gen. limitis), border, frontier]1. the point, line, or edge where something ends or must end; boundary or border beyond which something ceases to be or to be possible2. [pl.] bounds; boundary lines3. the greatest number or amount allowed [to catch the limit for a day of trout fishing]4. the maximum amount which may be bet, or by which a bet may be raised, at one time, as in poker5. Math. a fixed quantity or value which a varying quantity is regarded as approaching indefinitelyvt.[ME limiten < OFr limiter < L limitare]to confine within bounds; set a limit to; restrict; curb——————the limit☆ Informal any person or thing regarded as unbearable, remarkable, etc. to an extreme degreelimitableadj.limitern.SYN.- LIMIT implies the prescribing of a point in space, time, or extent, beyond which it is impossible or forbidden to go [limit your slogan to 25 words ]; BOUND2 implies an enclosing in boundaries or borders [a meadow bounded by hills ]; RESTRICT implies a boundary that completely encloses and connotes a restraining within these bounds [the soldier was restricted to the camp area ]; CIRCUMSCRIBE emphasizes more strongly the cutting off or isolation of that which is within the bounds [he leads the circumscribed life of a monk ]; CONFINE stresses the restraint or hampering of enclosing limits [confined in jail ] -ANT. WIDEN, EXPAND
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.