General English

General Science

  • noun a furthest point or place beyond which you cannot go
  • verb to set a limit on something


  • verb to stop something from going beyond a specific point, to restrict the number or amount of something


  • verb to restrict or to prevent from going past a particular point

Cars & Driving

  • noun the performance limit of a car’s chassis, tyres, etc.; typically experienced during sharp cornering at high speeds


  • noun the point at which something ends or at which someone can go no further. Limit up and limit down show the upper or lower limits to share price movements which are regulated by some stock exchanges.


  • The point, line, value, amplitude, magnitude, or the like, beyond which something cannot proceed. For example, a current limit, or a fatigue limit.
  • The greatest or least value of a defined interval or range. For instance, the maximum or minimum value a meter can display, or the boundaries of a frequency band.
  • To confine within a given interval or range. For instance, to limit both positive and negative voltage swings.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a maximum pre-defined range used to restrict an action or thing
  • verb to prevent something from becoming bigger

Origin & History of “limit”

Latin līmes originally denoted a ‘path between fields’, but it became extended metaphorically to any ‘boundary’ or ‘limit’, and that was the sense in which English acquired it (in its stem form līmit-).