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scope

noun \ ˈskōp \
|Updated on: 21 Aug 2018

Definition of scope

2 : space or opportunity for unhampered motion, activity, or thought
3 : extent of treatment, activity, or influence
4 : range of operation: such as
a : the range of a logical operator : a string in predicate calculus that is governed by a quantifier
b : a grammatical constituent that determines the interpretation of a predicate or quantifier

Origin and Etymology of scope

Italian scopo purpose, goal, from Greek skopos; akin to Greek skeptesthai to watch, look at — more at spy

Synonym Discussion of scope

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

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scope

noun

Definition of scope

1 : any of various instruments for viewing: such as
b : telescope
c : a telescope mounted on a firearm for use as a sight
d : endoscope
2 : horoscope

Origin and Etymology of scope

-scope


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scope

verb

Definition of scope

scoped; scoping
: to look at especially for the purpose of evaluation usually used with out
  • Eunice and I … strutted down the aisles, pretending we were looking for somewhere to sit. Really we were just scoping the place out to see who was there.
  • —Helene Cooper
  • Wherever you go, scope out the situation carefully before you take off your dog's leash.
  • —Donna-Lynn Musgrave
  • It abuts Wagner Park, where at twilight people watch softball and scope out the local talent.
  • —Rob Spillman
2 a : to view (something) with a telescope
  • … atop a small hill that once held a mortar battery, two urban park rangers and twenty-five or so shivering visitors scoped the sky.
  • —Ian Frazier
  • If scoping the stars isn't your thing, the ship also offers a rich array of on-board speakers, wine tastings, golf simulations and a casino to keep you busy.
  • The Plainsman (Auburn University, Alabama)
b : to examine with an endoscope and especially an arthroscope
  • Players on every pro team have been scoped, mostly their knees (about 80%) but also their shoulders, elbows, wrists.
  • —Kostya Kennedy
  • He went to the hospital with the thought that the knee would be scoped, a simple procedure, and he would be back in the lineup in about 10 days.
  • —Leigh Montville
3 : to equip with a scope
  • a scoped rifle

Origin and Etymology of scope

perhaps from 2scope


-scope

noun combining form

Definition of -scope

: means (such as an instrument) for viewing or observing
  • endoscope
  • spectroscope

Origin and Etymology of -scope

New Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion; akin to Greek skeptesthai



SCOPE Defined for Kids

scope

noun \ ˈskōp \

Definition of scope for Students

1 : space or opportunity for action or thought
2 : the area or amount covered, reached, or viewed
  • That subject is beyond the scope of this book.

Medical Dictionary

scope

noun \ ˈskōp \

medical Definition of scope

: any of various instruments (as an arthroscope, endoscope, or microscope) for viewing or observing

scope

transitive verb scoped; scoping


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