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

The first case involved two white cops involved in killing a black man who allegedly was reaching for one of the officers’ guns during a struggle when he was shot in the head at close range. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Mike Freeman returns to work — unbowed and ready for business," 1 July 2019 Steven Leet, who was fired late Tuesday afternoon from his job stocking shelves and retrieving parts, returned and shot Souto at point-blank range. Julia Prodis Sulek, The Mercury News, "‘Like family to me’: Morgan Hill Ford Store shooting victims shared bond at work and beyond," 27 June 2019 Hussle, an influential rapper and activist, was killed outside his Hyde Park clothing shop when a man approached and opened fire at close range. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Judge orders release of transcripts in Nipsey Hussle murder case," 27 June 2019 Swing said Leet shot Souto at point-blank range, killing him instantly. CBS News, "Ford dealership shooting suspect identified as employee who was just fired," 26 June 2019 After practicing at the shooting range, Angasan now carries her weapon at all times. USA Today, "A deadly place: Alaska is the most dangerous state for women, now they're fighting back," 25 June 2019 But having capable displays at a range of prices is going to be critical to getting consumers on board. Anna Washenko, Ars Technica, "Amazon takes on TCL’s Roku TV with low-cost HDR Fire TV," 24 June 2019 One-day, single-park ticket prices at Disneyland range from $104 to $149 depending on the date and the basic ticket equivalent at Walt Disney World runs between $109 and $129. Grace Lin, USA TODAY, "17 money-saving Disney World and Disneyland hacks to try," 21 June 2019 Ortiz, 43, was shot in the back at close range while sitting at the Dial Bar and Lounge, causing damage to several organs. Aimee Ortiz, BostonGlobe.com, "Dominican AG explains why he said the photo that caused confusion in Ortiz shooting was taken ‘minutes before’," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Among men, Trump's support ranges from 49 percent against Biden, to 54 percent against the other Democrats, and to 57 percent against a hypothetical socialist. Anchorage Daily News, "Aided by a strong economy, Trump approval rises, but a majority also see him as ‘unpresidential’," 7 July 2019 Her criticism Saturday ranged from the gap in prize money between the men and women, to scheduling that put the World Cup final on the same day as the Gold Cup final in the United States and the Copa America final in Brazil. Anne M. Peterson, Houston Chronicle, "Megan Rapinoe slams FIFA over scheduling, prize money gap," 7 July 2019 Her criticism Saturday ranged from the gap in prize money between the men and women, to scheduling that put the World Cup final on the same day as the Gold Cup final in the United States and the Copa America final in Brazil. Time, "Before the World Cup Final, Megan Rapinoe Calls Out FIFA on Prize Money Gap, Scheduling," 6 July 2019 Ages ranged from as young as 3 years old to as old as 40. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ancient Chinese Graves Reveal Evidence of Early Skull Reshaping," 6 July 2019 Growth rates ranged from 8.1% in San Francisco, thanks to a continuing surge in new construction, to 4% in Sonoma, which is recovering slowly from the 2017 fires. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Property tax rolls in Bay Area rise 6.6% to $1.8 trillion," 5 July 2019 Sterling Glen, which was built in 1999, has 300 apartments on nearly 25 acres, with rents ranging from $910 to $1,450 for one-, two- or three-bedroom units, according to ApartmentFinder.com. Washington Post, "ACLU sues Virginia housing complex over ban on felons," 5 July 2019 Priced surprisingly from the mid-$400,000 range, for example, Crystal Cove at River Islands by Tim Lewis has models open ranging in size from 2,129 square feet to 2,806 square feet, with up to four bedrooms. Cameron Sullivan, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Summer road tripping for a new house," 5 July 2019 Our class ranged across six nationalities, four races, and multiple genders. Sahil Handa, National Review, "What Conservatives Get Wrong about the Campus Wars," 4 July 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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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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