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1scope

noun \ˈskōp\

Definition of SCOPE

2
:  space or opportunity for unhampered motion, activity, or thought
3
:  extent of treatment, activity, or influence
4
:  range of operation: as
a :  the range of a logical operator :  a string in predicate calculus that is governed by a quantifier
b :  a grammatical constituent that determines the interpretation of a predicate or quantifier
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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

2scope

noun

Definition of SCOPE

1
:  any of various instruments for viewing: as
a :  microscope
b :  telescope
c :  a telescope mounted on a firearm for use as a sight
2
:  horoscope

Origin of SCOPE

-scope
First Known Use: 1872

3scope

transitive verb
scopedscop·ing

Definition of SCOPE

:  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
SCOPING Defined for Kids

scope

noun \ˈskōp\

Definition of SCOPE for Kids

1
:  space or opportunity for action or thought
2
:  the area or amount covered, reached, or viewed <That subject is beyond the scope of this book.>
Medical Dictionary

scope

noun \ˈskōp\

Medical Definition of SCOPE

:  any of various instruments (as an endoscope or microscope) for viewing or observing

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