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 Board is most effective when its Board members have a wide range of experiences, expertise, and collective interests. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 10 Sep. 2020 The quality of the chances was particularly strong — open shots from point-blank range, run-on shots from the top of the box, backside crosses that swung a little too wide. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "3 things we learned from Orlando City’s draw with Atlanta United," 6 Sep. 2020 Blake is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot in the back at point-blank range by Kenosha Police Department Officer Rusten Sheskey on Aug. 23. Elliot Hughes, USA TODAY, "Jacob Blake speaks from his hospital bed: 'Change your lives out there'," 6 Sep. 2020 Blake, 29, is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot in the back seven times at point-blank range by Kenosha Police Department Officer Rusten Sheskey on Aug. 23. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jacob Blake speaks from hospital bed: 'There’s a lot more life to live'," 5 Sep. 2020 Those who don't have the range to evacuate on a single charge will need to stop and plug in. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Hurricane evacuations and electric cars—here’s what we know," 2 Sep. 2020 The radar has a range of at least 341 miles and is capable of tracking up to 600 radar targets at once. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Pilots and Crew Escape from Hawkeye Before It Crashes in Virginia," 1 Sep. 2020 That's where Craig said Hakim Littleton fired two shots at police from point-blank range before officers returned fire, killing him. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit protesters file lawsuit over 'brutal violence' from police," 31 Aug. 2020 Jacob Blake was paralyzed after a white policeman shot seven bullets, hitting him in the back four times, from point-blank range on Monday. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "Vikings opt to practice amid widespread sports protests," 27 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The initial Martha Stewart CBD products, which range from $34.99 to $44.99, will be sold online at Canopy's e-commerce site. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Martha Stewart launches CBD line in crowded market," 10 Sep. 2020 The dishes, which will range from $12 to $25, will be available to go to start and later at a 27-seat dining area surrounded by reclaimed brick and pendant lights. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "7 highly anticipated Bay Area restaurants still opening this fall," 9 Sep. 2020 Its giant coast redwoods, which range from 1,000 to 2,500 years old, have drawn tourists and nature enthusiasts from around the world. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "California's oldest state park, home to iconic redwoods, expects to close for year due to fires," 6 Sep. 2020 For the private safari experiences, which range from $200 to $250, guests can chat directly with the guides and get a deeper interpretive look into what appeared during the game drive. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "Want to Support Wildlife Conservation in Africa? Start by Going on a Virtual Safari," 2 Sep. 2020 Earlier this month, the coalition sent out requests for proposals to internet providers that can offer in-home solutions that cost less than current subscription rates, which range from $40 to $60 per month. Dallas News, "How hot spots are bridging southern Dallas’ digital divide during the coronavirus pandemic," 31 Aug. 2020 Based in Tel Aviv, the 33-year-old’s designs—which range from dresses to lingerie—come in sweet swirls of color, vary in texture, and are often decorated with tassels. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Designer Is Making Crochet Lingerie for Men," 17 Aug. 2020 The lifespans of most competitors, which range from 250 to 525 gallons, pale in comparison. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "One of Our Top Rated Backpacking Water Filters Is Only $25 Right Now," 11 Aug. 2020 Vazquez also didn’t specify how the 36% rate cap would be applied, including whether the company would charge that much on all its loans, which range from $300 to $10,000. Perla Trevizo, ProPublica, "The Loan Company That Sued Thousands of Low-Income Latinos During the Pandemic," 31 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for range

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

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Last Updated

14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Range.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/range. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for range

range

noun
How to pronounce range (audio)

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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