Elastic limit

Limit Lim"it (l[i^]m"[i^]t), n. [From L. limes, limitis: cf. F. limite; -or from E. limit, v. See {Limit}, v. t.] 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. [1913 Webster]

As eager of the chase, the maid Beyond the forest's verdant limits strayed. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. The space or thing defined by limits. [1913 Webster]

The archdeacon hath divided it Into three limits very equally. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. That which terminates a period of time; hence, the period itself; the full time or extent. [1913 Webster]

The dateless limit of thy dear exile. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The limit of your lives is out. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A restriction; a check; a curb; a hindrance. [1913 Webster]

I prithee, give no limits to my tongue. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. (Logic & Metaph.) A determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic; a differentia. [1913 Webster]

6. (Math.) 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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Elastic limit — Elastic limit. См. Предел упругости. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • elastic limit — Physics. the greatest stress that can be applied to an elastic body without causing permanent deformation. Also called limit of proportionality, proportional limit. [1860 65] * * * ▪ mechanics       maximum stress or force per unit area within a… …   Universalium

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  • elastic limit — The maximum stress that can be applied to a body and the strain will still completely disappear when the stress is removed. Beyond this limit, the body is deformed and does not return to its original shape when the stress is removed …   Aviation dictionary

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