[ skohp ]
/ skoʊp /
extent or range of view, outlook, application, operation, effectiveness, etc.: an investigation of wide scope.
space for movement or activity; opportunity for operation: to give one's fancy full scope.
extent in space; a tract or area.
length: a scope of cable.
aim or purpose.
Linguistics, Logic. the range of words or elements of an expression over which a modifier or operator has control: In “old men and women,” “old” may either take “men and women” or just “men” in its scope.
(used as a short form of microscope, oscilloscope, periscope, radarscope, riflescope, telescopic sight, etc.)
verb (used with object), scoped, scop·ing.
Slang. to look at, read, or investigate, as in order to evaluate or appreciate.
scope out, Slang.
- to look at or over; examine; check out: a rock musician scoping out the audience before going on stage.
- to master; figure out: By the time we'd scoped out the problem, it was too late.
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Origin of scope
First recorded in 1525–35; from Italian scopo, from Greek skopós “aim, mark to shoot at”; akin to skopeîn “to look at” (see -scope)
synonym study for scope
1. See range.
OTHER WORDS FROM scopescopeless, adjective
Definition for scope (2 of 2)
a combining form meaning “instrument for viewing,” used in the formation of compound words: telescope.
Origin of -scope
<New Latin -scopium<Greek -skopion, -skopeion, equivalent to skop(eîn) to look at (akin to sképtesthai to look, view carefully; cf. skeptic) + -ion, -eion noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for scope (1 of 2)
/ (skəʊp) /
opportunity for exercising the faculties or abilities; capacity for actionplenty of scope for improvement
range of view, perception, or grasp; outlook
the area covered by an activity, topic, etc; rangethe scope of his thesis was vast
nautical slack left in an anchor cable
logic linguistics that part of an expression that is governed by a given operator: the scope of the negation in PV– (q ∧ r) is –(q ∧ r)
informal to look at or examine carefully
See also scope out
Word Origin for scope
C16: from Italian scopo goal, from Latin scopus, from Greek skopos target; related to Greek skopein to watch
British Dictionary definitions for scope (2 of 2)
n combining form
indicating an instrument for observing, viewing, or detectingmicroscope; stethoscope
Derived forms of -scope-scopic, adj combining form
Word Origin for -scope
from New Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion, from skopein to look at
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Medical definitions for scope
An instrument for viewing or observing:bronchoscope.
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