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

Select a range of simple yet elegant glasses and plates with unexpected details in warm metallics that offer an updated alternative to the classic (but sometimes chilly) midcentury chrome. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 2019 But what if your range became the focal point of the space? Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Could Score this Colorful Range for Free," 12 Mar. 2019 The beloved bra brand just announced that its new size range includes cups AA through I and up to a 48-band size, for a total of 78 sizes. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "ThirdLove Just Introduced More Bra Sizes to Its Collection," 20 Feb. 2019 The French brand, which is also known for its range of foundation shades, offers skin-care products formulated to hydrate skin while simultaneously keeping oiliness at bay. Janell M. Hickman, Seventeen, "5 Life-Changing Skincare Tricks Women of Color Need To Know," 4 Feb. 2019 Russia is modifying an existing cruise missile design to extend its range to 4,500 kilometers, or approximately 3,000 miles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Russia Designing Cruise Missiles with 3,000 Mile Range," 8 Jan. 2019 Be reasonable Bookshops might seem an endless trove, but our range is finite. Constance Grady, Vox, "Victorian literature was full of lady detectives," 15 Dec. 2018 Currently, the Iridium EV camper has a range of 124 miles. Megan Barber, Curbed, "World’s first fully electric RV will debut in 2019," 14 Dec. 2018 During that time, the two spacecraft will investigate a range of questions about Mercury. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "BepiColombo, the First Mercury Mission in 14 Years, Launches Tonight — Watch Live!," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That effect is visible, from the lead characters’ wardrobes to their personalities, which range from stereotypes to traditionally masculine lodged in a female body. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Killing Eve Is Made for Women By Women, and It Shows," 8 Apr. 2019 Users can shop the collection—which ranges from $799 to $1,799—on Modsy now, and enter the code MINNA100 at checkout for $100 off a sofa from the collection. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "You Didn't Realize It, But You Probably Helped Design This New Furniture Line," 26 Mar. 2019 Those sounds—which range from melodic phrases to short claps to vocal loops—can be heard in recent hits from Marshmello, Ariana Grande and Maroon... Anne Steele, WSJ, "Musicians, Investors Turn to Subscription Service for Sounds," 20 Mar. 2019 The pieces, which range from $60 to $11,500, are full of character and speak to Ferrer's signature approach to design: a unique blend of modern and eclectic aesthetics. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "CB2 Launches Vintage Collection with ELLE Decor A-Lister Charlie Ferrer," 14 Mar. 2019 Each paint-stripper manufacturer recommends a specific neutralizer, which could range from a mild acidic solution to a quick wipe with a clean cloth moistened with paint thinner. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Safely Remove Paint," 25 Jan. 2019 The next station uses a huge rotating magnet to pull out any ferrous metals, which range from tin cans (which have very little tin) to car parts. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 Her book, Wild: Adventure Cookbook (Prestel) shows off her creative creations, which range from Bone Marrow Rice and Quail Eggs to Fish on Log, a recipe calling for four tree stumps. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Chef Sarah Glover’s Guide to the Gorgeous Wilds (and Vintage Dress Shops) of Tasmania," 11 Dec. 2018 Bad balance, on the other hand, may stem from a wide variety of health issues, ranging from dehydration and low blood pressure to inner ear disorders and Parkinson's disease. Barbara Brody, Good Housekeeping, "5 Signs Your Body is Aging Faster Than It Should Be," 28 Feb. 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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