verb (used with object), scoped, scop·ing.
- 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.
Origin of scope
Examples from the Web for scopes
In July 1925, the town hosted the Scopes Monkey Trial, a landmark case in the history of creationism.
The Scopes Trial was a formative moment for modern creationism.
So the results of the Scopes primary are in, and they are, in a way, not surprising.Michael Tomasky: Romney Barely Hanging On After Alabama and Mississippi|Michael Tomasky|March 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Scopes law was explicitly aimed at what children could be taught.
As everyone knows, Scopes lost the case in 1926 and the prohibition against teaching evolution remained in force.
Our 'scopes on the Cometara had not been able to locate the projectile.
The only ones permitted to talk were the controllers who had the aircraft on their scopes.Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
He turned to the instrument console, checking the myriad of dials, gauges and scopes.First on the Moon|Jeff Sutton
Do you have any way of knowing whether these scopes are boresighted when mounted by a mail-order house or not?Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Both the bow and the stern observers saw the enemy ship now with their 'scopes gazing directly along our Benson-light.
Word Origin for scope
"extent," 1530s, "room to act," from Italian scopo "aim, purpose, object, thing aimed at, mark, target," from Latin scopus, from Greek skopos "aim, target, watcher," from PIE *spek- "to observe" (cf. Sanskrit spasati "sees;" Avestan spasyeiti "spies;" Greek skopein "behold, look, consider," skeptesthai "to look at;" Latin specere "to look at;" Old High German spehhon "to spy," German spähen "to spy"). Sense of "distance the mind can reach, extent of view" first recorded c.1600.
"instrument for viewing," 1872, abstracted from telescope, microscope, etc., from Greek skopein "to look" (see scope (n.1)). Earlier used as a shortening of horoscope (c.1600).
"to view," 1807, from the source of scope (n.2). Related: Scoped; scoping.