[ skoh-ping ]
/ ˈskoʊ pɪŋ /
Slang. the act or practice of eyeing or examining, as in order to evaluate or appreciate.
of or involving an investigation or discussion to determine the effect a proposed policy or project would have on a community or the local environment: The public is invited to the scoping meeting on the proposed new refinery.
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Definition for scoping (2 of 2)
[ 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.
Origin of scope
1525–35; < Italian scopo < Greek skopós aim, mark to shoot at; akin to skopeîn to look at (see -scope)
OTHER WORDS FROM scopescope·less, adjective
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Examples from the Web for scoping
The point man is responsible for going out first, surveying the land and scoping out the potential danger.
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British Dictionary definitions for scoping
/ (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
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