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

All of them are stocked with L/Uniform’s wide range of totes, handbags, luggage, and small leather goods, which are handmade from start to finish in the brand’s workshops in Carcassonne, France, and Portugal. Emily Farra, Vogue, "French Label L/Uniform Is Bringing Its Cheery, Monogrammable Bags to New York," 10 May 2019 It must be professionally installed, but installers can mix a wide range of colors, and even do artistic treatments like embedding glass or other materials. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Countertop Materials," 9 May 2019 Royal reporters and super fans have since used their sleuthing skills to narrow down that wide range even further. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "When Is Meghan Markle's Due Date? Here's When the Royal Baby Will Likely Be Born," 18 Apr. 2019 Unlike drapes, curtains come in a wider range of colors, patterns, and fabrics, making them a popular choice for any room in the home. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Drapes or Curtains? Why Choosing the Right Window Treatment Matters," 27 Mar. 2019 Our guests represent a wide range of age from Millennials to Octogenarians! Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 Russia has charged that U.S. missile defense facilities in Romania could be modified to house ground-to-ground intermediate-range cruise missiles. Fox News, "Treaty exits and extensions top Trump adviser's Moscow talks," 23 Oct. 2018 The Shade Range The Espoir foundation comes in 10 shades with the darkest shade, Deep, falling in the darker side of the medium range. Devon Abelman, Allure, "I Tried Espoir's Pro Tailor Foundation Be Glow, and It Lives Up to the Hype in Korea," 24 Apr. 2019 Guests eat under the smooth translucent globes of Dixon’s OPAL lights while sitting on the sleek upholstery chairs of the new FAT range. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "The Most Mesmerizing Design Moments of Salone del Mobile," 18 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Since then, she's unveiled limited-edition capsule collections with the brand ranging from fur sandals to sporty bodysuits. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Is Developing a Fashion Line for LVMH," 10 May 2019 Gnats tend to be gray or black, while fruit flies range from light tan to reddish orange and brown. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies for Good," 9 May 2019 The company’s operations range from vast iron-ore pits in Western... Chip Cutter, WSJ, "The CEO Who Wants More Women in Mining," 8 May 2019 Their surface temperatures range between 20,000 and 50,000 degrees Celsius, and their brightness means that many of the stars seen in the night sky are, in fact, blue supergiants. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Astronomers Finally Able to See Beneath Surface of Mysterious Blue Supergiants," 7 May 2019 Pastels and poplins ruled another group of looks on the runway—ranging from feminine suiting to ethereal print dresses. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Virginie Viard Debuts First Solo Chanel Collection," 3 May 2019 The SmartCool series features air conditioners with four cooling capacity ranges from 8,000 BTU to 25,000 BTU, with the ability to cool rooms up to 1,500 square feet. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "You Need One of These Voice-Controlled Air Conditioners From Sam's Club," 2 May 2019 My foundation ranges from Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Luminous Foundation ($46) to the Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation in Dawn ($40); both have a beautiful natural, dewy look. Glamour, "I’m 25, Live in L.A., and Spend $3,124 on My Beauty Routine," 15 Apr. 2019 Advertising Most parents who use the program must pay a co-pay, depending on income and ranging from $40 to $150 per child per month for full-time care, to the provider to cover a portion of the child care costs. Hayley Harding, The Seattle Times, "Looking for the perfect child care? Join the waiting list.," 13 Apr. 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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