Uncommon, rare; difficult to find; insufficient to meet a demand.
* (John Locke)
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- You tell him silver is scarcer now in England, and therefore risen one fifth in value.
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Scantily supplied (with); deficient (in); used with of .
* (John Milton)
- A region scarce of prey.
Scarcely, only just.
* 1854 , (Edgar Allen Poe), (The Raven):
- With a scarce well-lighted flame.
* 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4:
- And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure that I heard you [...].
* 1931 , William Faulkner, Sanctuary , Vintage 1993, p. 122:
- Yet had I scarce set foot in the passage when I stopped, remembering how once already this same evening I had played the coward, and run home scared with my own fears.
- Upon the barred and slitted wall the splotched shadow of the heaven tree shuddered and pulsed monstrously in scarce any wind.
* make oneself scarce
From (etyl), from (etyl), from (etyl) .
A restriction; a bound beyond which one may not go.
- There are several existing limits to executive power.
* 1839 , (Charles Dickens), Nicholas Nickleby , chapter 21:
- Two drinks is my limit tonight.
* 1922 , , Ulysses , episode 17:
- It is the conductor which communicates to the inhabitants of regions beyond its limit ,
* 2012 March 6, Dan McCrum, Nicole Bullock and Guy Chazan, Financial Times ,
- Ever he would wander, selfcompelled, to the extreme limit of his cometary orbit, beyond the fixed stars and variable suns and telescopic planets, astronomical waifs and strays, to the extreme boundary of space,
“Utility buyout loses power in shale gas revolution”:
(mathematics) A value to which a sequence converges. Equivalently, the common value of the upper limit and the lower limit of a sequence: if the upper and lower limits are different, then the sequence has no limit (i.e., does not converge).
- At the time, there seemed to be no limit to the size of ever-larger private equity deals, with banks falling over each other to arrange financing on generous terms and to invest money from their own private equity arms.
(mathematics) Any of several abstractions of this concept of limit.
- The sequence of reciprocals has zero as its limit.
(category theory) Given diagram F'' : ''J'' → ''C'', a cone (''L'', ''φ'') from ''L'' ∈ Ob(''C'') to ''F'' is the ''limit'' of ''F'' if it has the universal property that for any other cone (''N'', ''ψ'') from ''N'' ∈ Ob(''C'') to ''F'' there is a unique morphism ''u'' : ''N'' → ''L'' such that for all ''X'' ∈ Ob(''J ), .
(poker) Short for fixed limit.
The final, utmost, or furthest point; the border or edge.
- Category theory defines a very general concept of limit.
* Alexander Pope
- the limit of a walk, of a town, or of a country
(obsolete) The space or thing defined by limits.
- As eager of the chase, the maid / Beyond the forest's verdant limits strayed.
(obsolete) That which terminates a period of time; hence, the period itself; the full time or extent.
- The archdeacon hath divided it / Into three limits very equally.
- the dateless limit of thy dear exile
(obsolete) A restriction; a check or curb; a hindrance.
- The limit of your lives is out.
(logic, metaphysics) A determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic.
- I prithee, give no limits to my tongue.
* (restriction) bound, boundary, limitation, restriction
* age limit
* central limit theorem
* city limits
* elastic limit
* in the limit
* limit down
* limit up
* lower limit
* outer limit
* the sky is the limit
* to the limit
* time limit
* upper limit
* German: (l)
(poker) Being a fixed limit game.
From (etyl) ; see noun.
To restrict; not to allow to go beyond a certain bound.
(mathematics) To have a limit in a particular set.
- [The Chinese government] has jailed environmental activists and is planning to limit the power of judicial oversight by handing a state-approved body a monopoly over bringing environmental lawsuits.
(obsolete) To beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited region.
* (restrict) cap; restrict; withstrain