1a point or level beyond which something does not or may not extend or pass:the failure showed the limits of British power the 10-minute limit on speeches there was no limit to his imagination
) the terminal point or boundary of an area or movement:the city limits the upper limit of the tidal reaches
the furthest extent of one’s physical or mental endurance:Mary Ann tried everyone’s patience to the limit 2a restriction on the size or amount of something permissible or possible:an age limit a weight limit a speed limit:a 30 mph limit
(also legal limit
) the maximum concentration of alcohol in the blood that the law allows in the driver of a motor vehicle:the risk of drinkers inadvertently going over the limit
3 Mathematics a point or value which a sequence, function, or sum of a series can be made to approach progressively, until they are as close to it as desired.
set or serve as a limit to:try to limit the amount you drink class sizes are limited to a maximum of 10 (as adjective limiting)a limiting factor