Notebook, 1993-



Boundary, Extent . . . . Determining feature . . . . Differentia . . . . Minimum, Maximum . . . . To Assign, Prescribe, Restrain, Curtail, Confine, Reduce, Restrict, Circumscribe . . . .

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1 Limit n [ME, fr. MF limite, fr. L limit-, limes boundary] [14c] 1a: something that bounds, restrains, or confines b: the utmost extent 2a: a geographical or political boundary b pl: the place enclosed within a boundary: Bounds 3: Limitation 4: a determining feature or differentia in logic 5: a prescribed maximum or minimum amount, quantity , or number: as a: the maximum quantity of game or fish that may be taken legally in a specified period b: a maximum established for a gambling bet, raise, or payoff 6a: a number whose numerical difference from a mathematical function is arbitrarilly small for all values of the independent variables that are sufficiently close to but not equal to given prescribed numbers or that are sufficiently large positively or negatively b: a number that for an infinite sequence of numbers is such that ultimately each of the remaining terms of the sequence differs from this number by less than any given positive amount 7: somethng that is exasperating or intolerable limitless adj - limitlessly adv limitlessness n

2 Limit vt [14c] 1: to assign certain limits to: Prescribe [reserved the right to __ use of the land] 2a: to restrict the bounds or limits of {the specialist can no longer __ himself to his specialty] b: to curtail or reduce in quantity or extent [we must __ the power of aggressors] -syn Limit, Restrict, Circumscribe, Confine mean to set bounds for. Limit implies setting a point or line [as in time, space, speed, or degree] beyond which something cannot or is not permitted to go [visits are limited to 30 minutes]. Restrict suggests a narrowing or tightening or restraining within or as if within an encircling boundary [laws intended to restrict the freedom of the press]. Circumscribe stresses a restriction on all sides and by clearly defined boundaries [the work of the investigating committee was caref ully cicumscribed]. Confine suggests severe restraint and a resulting cramping, fettering, or hampering [our freedom of choise was confined by finances].

Limited adj [1610] 1a: confined within limits: Restricted [__ soucess] b of a train: offering faster services esp. by making a limited number of stops 2: characterized by enforcable limitations prescribed [as by a constitution] upon the scope or exercise of powers [ a __ monarchy] 3: lacking breadth and originality [a bit __; a bit thick in the head -Virginia Woolf]

[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]



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