from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To establish the limits or boundaries of; demarcate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To mark or fix the limits of.
  • v. To demarcate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To fix the limits of; to demarcate; to bound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mark or fix the limits or boundaries of; bound.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. set, mark, or draw the boundaries of something
  • v. determine the essential quality of
  • v. be opposite to; of angles and sides, in geometry


French délimiter, from Latin dēlīmitāre : dē-, de- + līmitāre, to limit (from līmes, līmit-, boundary line).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French délimiter, from Late Latin delimitare ("to mark out the limits"), from de- + limitare ("to limit, bound"); see limit. (Wiktionary)



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  • Ah, I see. So something like "Scotland is delimited by England on its southern boarder" would be more appropriate, I suppose?

    February 2, 2009

  • The suburb of Puckerup is delimited by Lovers Lane on its eastern boundary, Resuscitation Square to the west, Osculation Industrial Zone on its southern approach and the Straits of EBV Infectious Mononucleosis at its northern extent.

    February 2, 2009

  • Very interesting word; I have no idea how I'd use it in a sentence.

    "The angle is delimit the side of the triangle."? "Please delimit the boundaries of the country."?
    I have a feeling that's not right. :P

    February 2, 2009