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scope

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noun \ˈskōp\

Definition of scope

  1. 1 :  intention, object

  2. 2 :  space or opportunity for unhampered motion, activity, or thought

  3. 3 :  extent of treatment, activity, or influence

  4. 4 :  range of operation: asa :  the range of a logical operator :  a string in predicate calculus that is governed by a quantifierb :  a grammatical constituent that determines the interpretation of a predicate or quantifier



Origin of scope

Italian scopo purpose, goal, from Greek skopos; akin to Greek skeptesthai to watch, look at — more at spy


First Known Use: circa 1555

Synonym Discussion of scope

range, gamut, compass, sweep, scope, orbit mean the extent that lies within the powers of something (as to cover or control). range is a general term indicating the extent of one's perception or the extent of powers, capacities, or possibilities <the entire range of human experience>. gamut suggests a graduated series running from one possible extreme to another <a performance that ran the gamut of emotions>. compass implies a sometimes limited extent of perception, knowledge, or activity <your concerns lie beyond the narrow compass of this study>. sweep suggests extent, often circular or arc-shaped, of motion or activity <the book covers the entire sweep of criminal activity>. scope is applicable to an area of activity, predetermined and limited, but somewhat flexible <as time went on, the scope of the investigation widened>. orbit suggests an often circumscribed range of activity or influence within which forces work toward accommodation <within that restricted orbit they tried to effect social change>.

Rhymes with scope


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scope

noun

Definition of scope

  1. 1 :  any of various instruments for viewing: asa :  microscopeb :  telescopec :  a telescope mounted on a firearm for use as a sight

  2. 2 :  horoscope



Origin of scope

-scope


First Known Use: 1872


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scope

transitive verb,

Definition of scope

scopedscoping

  1. :  to look at especially for the purpose of evaluation —often used with out <scoped her out from across the room — Timothy Allis>



Origin of scope

perhaps from 2scope


First Known Use: 1974


-scope

noun combining form

Definition of -scope

  1. :  means (as an instrument) for viewing or observing <endoscope> <spectroscope>



Origin of -scope

New Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion; akin to Greek skeptesthai



SCOPE Defined for Kids

scope

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noun \ˈskōp\

Definition of scope for Students

  1. 1 :  space or opportunity for action or thought

  2. 2 :  the area or amount covered, reached, or viewed <That subject is beyond the scope of this book.>




Medical Dictionary

scope

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noun \ˈskōp\

Medical Definition of scope

  1. :  any of various instruments (as an arthroscope, endoscope, or microscope) for viewing or observing

scope transitive verb scoped; scoping




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