range

noun, often attributive
\ ˈrānj How to pronounce range (audio) \

Definition of range

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a series of things in a line : row
(2) : a series of mountains
(3) : one of the north-south rows of townships in a U.S. public-land survey that are numbered east and west from the principal meridian of the survey
b : an aggregate of individuals in one order
c : a direction line
2 : a cooking stove that has an oven and a flat top with burners or heating elements
3a : a place that may be ranged over
b : an open region over which animals (such as livestock) may roam and feed
c : the region throughout which a kind of organism or ecological community naturally lives or occurs
4 : the act of ranging about
5a(1) : the horizontal distance to which a projectile can be propelled
(2) : the horizontal distance between a weapon and target
b : the maximum distance a vehicle or craft can travel without refueling
c(1) : a place where shooting is practiced
6a : the space or extent included, covered, or used : scope
b : the extent of pitch covered by a melody or lying within the capacity of a voice or instrument
7a : a sequence, series, or scale between limits a wide range of patterns
b : the limits of a series : the distance or extent between possible extremes
c : the difference between the least and greatest values of an attribute or of the variable of a frequency distribution
8a : the set of values a function may take on
b : the class of admissible values of a variable

range

verb
ranged; ranging

Definition of range (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to set in a row or in the proper order
b : to place among others in a position or situation
c : to assign to a category : classify
2a : to rove over or through
b : to sail or pass along
3 : to arrange (an anchor cable) on deck
4 : to graze (livestock) on a range

intransitive verb

1a : to roam at large or freely
b : to move over an area so as to explore it
2 : to take a position
3a : to correspond in direction or line : align
b : to extend in a particular direction
4 : to have range
5 : to change or differ within limits
6 of an organism : to live or occur in or be native to a region

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Noun

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

Examples of range in a Sentence

Noun

knew exactly how many head of cattle were turned out on the range that morning to graze didn't know she had such a wide range of knowledge until I talked to her

Verb

The selection of food ranged from mild to very spicy. Items on the menu range from American fare like hamburgers and hot dogs to Italian pasta dishes. Grizzly bears range over a much smaller area than they once did. The plant once ranged across the island.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My skin falls into the light-medium range, but my undertones are textbook olive; anything too pearly or silver-flecked immediately reads as Chalktown, U.S.A. — not exactly a great look. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, "Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector Is The Top-Selling Highlighter In The U.S. — Here Are My Honest Thoughts," 8 June 2019 McKenzie did not mention it, but other officials have said that in early May Iran had cruise and perhaps short-range ballistic missiles configured for potential use aboard a small number of dhows sailing off its coast. Washington Post, "US commander says Mideast buildup prompted Iran ‘step back’," 7 June 2019 The escape room has a mid-range level of difficulty that allows novices to succeed while also engaging veteran players. Mary Schneidau Sullivan, baltimoresun.com, "Escape room at Laurel Shopping Center revels in classic horror films," 7 June 2019 Slot amounts in the fifth round range from $304,200 to $402,000. Derrick Tuskan / San Diego State, San Diego Union-Tribune, "MLB Draft: SDSU’s Boyer ready to begin pro career with Dodgers organization," 7 June 2019 The beloved veteran went 1-of-4 from the field, missing a couple of close-range shots. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: ‘Strength in Numbers’ was a taunt, not a mantra, for Warriors in Game 3," 5 June 2019 Will Trapp, Yueill, Roldan and Mihailovic manned the middle, and had difficulty connecting passes in the offensive third or closing down Jamaican looks from mid-range. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Fringe, Experimental USMNT Flops in Pre-Gold Cup Loss to Jamaica," 5 June 2019 Both ends of the range are represented at this year’s event. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Sweaty fingers, nerves and 6 a.m. Chopin: Behind the scenes at the Cliburn Junior in Dallas," 5 June 2019 Where the game has changed is the range that these guys have now. New York Times, "In 2003, Steve Kerr Created the Perfect Shooter. In 2019, He Coaches Him.," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The goal is to help a community that ranges from Indian, Pakistani and Cambodian to Japanese, Korean and Chinese, likely at a location in Skokie, said Villivalam, the first Indian-American member of the General Assembly. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, "Inside Illinois lawmakers’ pork-barrel frenzy: Pickleball courts, dog parks and clout," 7 June 2019 Naasón Joaquín García and three co-defendants face a 26-count felony complaint with allegations that range from human trafficking and production of child pornography to rape of a minor. Washington Post, "The Latest: Lawyer blasts $50 million bail for church leader," 6 June 2019 Joaquín García, 50, and three co-defendants face a 26-count felony complaint with allegations that range from human trafficking and production of child pornography to rape of a minor. Fox News, "Mexican church leader still its 'apostle' after rape arrest," 6 June 2019 All of the looks were accessorized with Yeezy footwear that ranged from sneakers, puffy sandals and see-through slides to over-the-knee boots, including one pair of mid-thigh boots dipped in a green-slime-like latex. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "Kanye West-backed label Maisie Wilen debuts in downtown L.A.," 6 June 2019 The premier illustrator of his generation and patriarch of the artist clan of Wyeths, N.C. was also a distinguished painter of canvases and murals, work that ranged far beyond his famed illustrations for Treasure Island and other books. Stephan Salisbury, https://www.inquirer.com, "N.C. Wyeth, Penn Museum’s moving sphinx, Gee’s Bend quilters, and more museum highlights," 5 June 2019 The group faces a 26-count felony complaint with allegations that range from human trafficking and production of child pornography to rape of a minor. Mark Stevenson And Stefanie Dazio, Houston Chronicle, "Mexican church leader still its 'apostle' after rape arrest," 5 June 2019 García, 50, faces 26 counts of felony charges that range from human trafficking and production of child pornography to rape of a minor. NBC News, "Mexican church leader of La Luz del Mundo charged with child rape," 5 June 2019 The platform offers over 100,000 vehicles, that range from towable RVs, drivable RVs and pet-friendly RVs to luxury motor homes. Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY, "Swimming pools, RVs, farms and boats: Peer-to-peer rentals take cues from Airbnb," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of range

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for range

Noun

Middle English, row of persons, from Anglo-French range, renge, from renger to range

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French renger, from renc, reng line, place, row — more at rank entry 1

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The first known use of range was in the 14th century

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range

noun

English Language Learners Definition of range

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group or collection of different things or people that are usually similar in some way
: a series of numbers that includes the highest and lowest possible amounts
: the total amount of ability, knowledge, experience, etc., that a person has

range

verb

English Language Learners Definition of range (Entry 2 of 2)

: to include everything between specified limits
: to live or grow in a particular area
: to move around an area

range

noun
\ ˈrānj How to pronounce range (audio) \

Kids Definition of range

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a series of things in a line a range of mountains
2 : the distance over which someone or something can be seen, heard, or reached
3 : a cooking stove
4 : open land over which livestock may roam and feed
5 : a variety of choices within a scale a range of colors
6 : the difference between the least and greatest of a set of values
7 : the distance a gun will shoot
8 : a place where shooting is practiced

range

verb
ranged; ranging

Kids Definition of range (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to arrange in a particular place or order There were at least a thousand musicians ranged in a great arc …— Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
2 : to roam over or through The horses range freely.
3 : to come within specified limits We range in age from 7 to 13.

range

noun, often attributive
\ ˈrānj How to pronounce range (audio) \

Medical Definition of range

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the region throughout which a kind of organism or ecological community naturally lives or occurs
2 : the difference between the least and greatest values of an attribute or of the variable of a frequency distribution
ranged; ranging

Medical Definition of range (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to change or differ within limits symptoms range in severity from mild to severe
2 of an organism : to live or occur in or be native to a region

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