- 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.
Origin of range
Synonyms for range
- 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.