- 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 ranging
He then traipsed around the district dispensing “investments” ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 to local companies.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple|James Kirchick|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the beginning of 2014, there were editions in 287 languages, ranging from Afrikaans to Žemaitška.
So too are other issues of interest to both groups, ranging from school choice to sentencing reform to occupational licensing.
The vintage-inspired collaboration will include ten moto pieces, ranging from t-shirts and pants to boots and leather jackets.Michelle Obama Talks Beauty at Maya Angelou’s Memorial; David Beckham Designs For Belstaff|The Fashion Beast Team|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ranging from mildly offensive to potentially catastrophic, they all point to the same underlying theme: technology trumps decency.
My first shot had been too far back; the second went in at the flank, ranging forward and breaking his shoulder.American Big-Game Hunting|Various
Ranging up beside the judge, the Mistress took off Lad's leash and collar.Lad: A Dog|Albert Payson Terhune
Between these extremes there is an almost infinite series of strata, ranging through every conceivable degree of subconsciousness.What Is and What Might Be|Edmond Holmes
The choice was very wide; ranging from the Muskoka lakes to the Yosemite Valley.Mrs. Falchion, Complete|Gilbert Parker
They are very common in the Rockies, ranging from an elevation of eight thousand feet to the timber-line.Birds of the Rockies|Leander Sylvester Keyser
- 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.