Part of speech: verb
Origin: French, 19th century
Determine the limits or boundaries of.
Examples of Delimit in a sentence
"The neighbors gathered each spring to mend the wall delimiting each person’s property from the other’s."
"The geography of Long Island is delimited by water on three sides."
“Delimit” entered English from the French word “delimiter,” meaning the same thing. The French word was based on the Latin “dēlīmitō,” meaning “to mark boundaries.”
Did you Know?
While cities, towns, and settlements around the world have often been located close to water and other natural resources, these factors also delimit the growth of such cities. This is especially extreme in the case of San Francisco, which is not an island but is delimited by water on three sides, giving it a limited maximum of available land. However, there is more land in San Francisco today than there was 200 years ago. In the 1800s and 1900s, swamps and marshy areas around the city were drained and filled in with sand and other materials in order to expand the limits of the city. But even with those expanded areas, San Francisco remains strictly delimited by the bordering bodies of water.