- the horizontal direction or extension of a survey line established by two or more marked points.
- (in U.S. public-land surveys) one of a series of divisions numbered east or west from the principal meridian of the survey and consisting of a row of townships, each six miles square, that are numbered north or south from a base line.
- a large cleat for securing various lines, especially the tacks and sheets of courses.
- a length of anchor cable laid on deck.
verb (used with object), ranged, rang·ing.
verb (used without object), ranged, rang·ing.
- ranfurly shield,
- range finder,
- range light,
- range line,
- range of accommodation,
- range of stability
Origin of range
Examples from the Web for range
They just reflect the range of breeds that were used to create the Heck cattle in the first instance.
Human trafficking was once a crime associated primarily with a range of small to large crime groups.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism|Louise I. Shelley|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fees can range from £5,000 to £20,000, the attraction being the relatability she holds with her subscribers.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling|Lucy Scholes|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Their legendary barrel aging program is unique, even among Scottish distilleries, for its range of natural color expressions.
Like boxers, every missile has a reach, a range, a limit to how far it can hit.Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets|Dave Majumdar|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is a very tempting field, and we pass it by only because it is hardly in the range of the study we are now making.The Greatest English Classic|Cleland Boyd McAfee
During the next few days preparations for the range went steadily forward.The Story of Wool|Sara Ware Bassett
During the day his Lee-Metfords, at ninety yards' range, might be trusted to keep the place clear of intruders.The Wings of the Morning|Louis Tracy
No part of his work can be wholly apprehended unless all parts are brought into the range of vision.The Critical Game|John Albert Macy
The advantages the Malvern range offers as a sanitarium are pure air and pure water.England, Picturesque and Descriptive|Joel Cook
- the maximum effective distance of a projectile fired from a weapon
- the distance between a target and a weapon
- (of a function) the set of values that the function takes for all possible argumentsCompare domain (def. 7a)
- (of a variable) the set of values that a variable can take
- (of a quantifier) the set of values that the variable bound by the quantifier can take
- an extensive tract of open land on which livestock can graze
- (as modifier)range cattle
Word Origin for range
c.1200, "row or line of persons" (especially hunters or soldiers), from Old French range "range, rank" (see range (v.)). General sense of "line, row" is from early 14c.; meaning "row of mountains" is from 1705.
Meaning "scope, extent" first recorded late 15c.; that of "area over which animals seek food" is from 1620s, from the verb. Specific U.S. sense of "series of townships six miles in width" is from 1785. Sense of "distance a gun can send a bullet" is recorded from 1590s; meaning "place used for shooting practice" is from 1862. The cooking appliance so called since mid-15c., for unknown reasons. Originally a stove built into a fireplace with openings on top for multiple operations. Range-finder attested from 1872.
c.1200, rengen, "move over a large area, roam with the purpose of searching or hunting," from Old French ranger, earlier rengier "to place in a row, arrange; get into line," from reng "row, line," from a Germanic source (see rank (n.)). Sense of "to arrange in rows" is recorded from c.1300; intransitive sense of "exist in a row or rows" is from c.1600. Related: Ranged; ranging.
see at close range.