# limit-n; 4 Senses

### Sense Number 1: a boundary or endpoint of a region

Commentary: LIMIT[+location][+region][+boundary][+end]
NOTE: refers to a physical location that serves as a boundary or border.

Examples:
They bought a house outside the city limits.
The shipping vessel was outside the three-mile limit recognized by international law.

Mappings:
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4

### Sense Number 2: the utmost extent possible or allowed, a constraint

Commentary: LIMIT[+quantity][+extent][+extreme]

Examples:
Each athlete will be striving to the limits of his or her ability.
Mary got a ticket for driving twenty miles an hour over the speed limit.
There is some controversy over the limits of presidential powers.
The speakers will have a fifteen-minute limit for presentations, leaving five minutes for questions.
Congress may raise the ceiling again on the debt limit.
There are no limits to what that child can imagine!

Mappings:
PropBank: limit.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 6

### Sense Number 3: in mathematics, a value that a function converges on

Commentary: LIMIT[+quantity][+value][+approached][+function]
NOTE: a narrow mathematical usage

Examples:
The problem asked to find the limit L for the function f(x), as values for x approached the value c.
The students learned about limits in their introductory calculus class.

Mappings:
PropBank: NM

### Sense Number 4: an exasperating or intolerable situation

Commentary: LIMIT[+state][+exasperating]
NOTE: an informal extension of Sense 2

Examples:
Betty's mother tried everyone's patience to the limits during the rehearsal dinner for the wedding.
His treatment of that waiter was the absolute limit!

Mappings:
PropBank: NM
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 7