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LIM'IT, n. [L. limes. See Limb.]

1. Bound; border; utmost extent; the part that terminates a thing; as the limit of a town, city or empire; the limits of human knowledge.

2. The thing which bounds; restraint.

3. Limits, plu., the extent of the liberties of a prison.

LIM'IT, v.t.

1. To bound; to set bounds to.

2. To confine within certain bounds; to circumscribe; to restrain. The government of England is a limited monarchy.

They tempted God and limited the Holy One of Israel. Ps.78.

3. To restrain from a lax or general signification. World sometimes signifies the universe, and sometimes its signification is limited to this earth.



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LIM'IT, n. [L. limes. See Limb.]

1. Bound; border; utmost extent; the part that terminates a thing; as the limit of a town, city or empire; the limits of human knowledge.

2. The thing which bounds; restraint.

3. Limits, plu., the extent of the liberties of a prison.

LIM'IT, v.t.

1. To bound; to set bounds to.

2. To confine within certain bounds; to circumscribe; to restrain. The government of England is a limited monarchy.

They tempted God and limited the Holy One of Israel. Ps.78.

3. To restrain from a lax or general signification. World sometimes signifies the universe, and sometimes its signification is limited to this earth.

LIM'IT, n. [L. limes; Fr. limites. See Limb.]

  1. Bound; border; utmost extent; the part that terminates a thing; as, the limit of a town, city or empire; the limits of human knowledge.
  2. The thing which bounds; restraint.
  3. Limits, plur., the extent of the liberties of a prison.

LIM'IT, v.t.

  1. To bound; to set bounds to.
  2. To confine within certain bounds; to circumscribe; to restrain. The government of England is called a limited monarchy. They tempted God and limited the Holy One of Israel. – Ps. lxxviii.
  3. To restrain from a lax or general signification. World sometimes signifies the universe, and sometimes its signification is limited to this earth.

Lim"it
  1. 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.
    Pope.

  2. 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.

    Limiting parallels (Astron.), those parallels of latitude between which only an occultation of a star or planet by the moon, in a given case, can occur.

  3. To beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited region; as, a limiting friar.

    [Obs.]
  4. The space or thing defined by limits.

    The archdeacon hath divided it
    Into three limits very equally.
    Shak.

  5. That which terminates a period of time; hence, the period itself; the full time or extent.

    The dateless limit of thy dear exile. Shak.

    The limit of your lives is out. Shak.

  6. A restriction; a check; a curb; a hindrance.

    I prithee, give no limits to my tongue. Shak.

  7. A determining feature] a distinguishing characteristic; a differentia.
  8. 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.

    Elastic limit. See under Elastic. -- Prison limits, a definite extent of space in or around a prison, within which a prisoner has liberty to go and come.

    Syn. -- Boundary; border; edge; termination; restriction; bound; confine.

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Limit

LIM'IT, noun [Latin limes. See Limb.]

1. Bound; border; utmost extent; the part that terminates a thing; as the limit of a town, city or empire; the limits of human knowledge.

2. The thing which bounds; restraint.

3. Limits, plural , the extent of the liberties of a prison.

LIM'IT, verb transitive

1. To bound; to set bounds to.

2. To confine within certain bounds; to circumscribe; to restrain. The government of England is a limited monarchy.

They tempted God and limited the Holy One of Israel. Psalms 78:41.

3. To restrain from a lax or general signification. World sometimes signifies the universe, and sometimes its signification is limited to this earth.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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