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Meaning & Definition of Range in English

English

Range

/renʤ/

noun

1. An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"

  • "A piano has a greater range than the human voice"
  • "The ambit of municipal legislation"
  • "Within the compass of this article"
  • "Within the scope of an investigation"
  • "Outside the reach of the law"
  • "In the political orbit of a world power"
    synonym:
  • scope
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • reach
  • ,
  • orbit
  • ,
  • compass
  • ,
  • ambit

2. The limits within which something can be effective

  • "Range of motion"
  • "He was beyond the reach of their fire"
    synonym:
  • range
  • ,
  • reach

3. A large tract of grassy open land on which livestock can graze

  • "They used to drive the cattle across the open range every spring"
  • "He dreamed of a home on the range"
    synonym:
  • range

4. A series of hills or mountains

  • "The valley was between two ranges of hills"
  • "The plains lay just beyond the mountain range"
    synonym:
  • range
  • ,
  • mountain range
  • ,
  • range of mountains
  • ,
  • chain
  • ,
  • mountain chain
  • ,
  • chain of mountains

5. A place for shooting (firing or driving) projectiles of various kinds

  • "The army maintains a missile range in the desert"
  • "Any good golf club will have a range where you can practice"
    synonym:
  • range

6. A variety of different things or activities

  • "He answered a range of questions"
  • "He was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection"
    synonym:
  • range

7. (mathematics) the set of values of the dependent variable for which a function is defined

  • "The image of f(x) = x^2 is the set of all non-negative real numbers if the domain of the function is the set of all real numbers"
    synonym:
  • image
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • range of a function

8. The limit of capability

  • "Within the compass of education"
    synonym:
  • compass
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • reach
  • ,
  • grasp

9. A kitchen appliance used for cooking food

  • "Dinner was already on the stove"
    synonym:
  • stove
  • ,
  • kitchen stove
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • kitchen range
  • ,
  • cooking stove

verb

1. Change or be different within limits

  • "Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion"
  • "Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent"
  • "The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals"
  • "My students range from very bright to dull"
    synonym:
  • range
  • ,
  • run

2. Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

  • "The gypsies roamed the woods"
  • "Roving vagabonds"
  • "The wandering jew"
  • "The cattle roam across the prairie"
  • "The laborers drift from one town to the next"
  • "They rolled from town to town"
    synonym:
  • roll
  • ,
  • wander
  • ,
  • swan
  • ,
  • stray
  • ,
  • tramp
  • ,
  • roam
  • ,
  • cast
  • ,
  • ramble
  • ,
  • rove
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • drift
  • ,
  • vagabond

3. Have a range

  • Be capable of projecting over a certain distance, as of a gun
  • "This gun ranges over two miles"
    synonym:
  • range

4. Range or extend over

  • Occupy a certain area
  • "The plants straddle the entire state"
    synonym:
  • range
  • ,
  • straddle

5. Lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line

  • "Lay out the clothes"
  • "Lay out the arguments"
    synonym:
  • range
  • ,
  • array
  • ,
  • lay out
  • ,
  • set out

6. Feed as in a meadow or pasture

  • "The herd was grazing"
    synonym:
  • crop
  • ,
  • browse
  • ,
  • graze
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • pasture

7. Let eat

  • "Range the animals in the prairie"
    synonym:
  • range

8. Assign a rank or rating to

  • "How would you rank these students?"
  • "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
    synonym:
  • rate
  • ,
  • rank
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • order
  • ,
  • grade
  • ,
  • place

Examples of using

Prices range from one to five dollars.
You can find him at the rifle range.
Mary was killed with a pistol shot to the back of the head at close range.