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scope

noun \ ˈskōp \

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
2 : horoscope

Origin and Etymology of scope

-scope


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scope

verb

Definition of scope

scoped; scoping
transitive verb
: to look at especially for the purpose of evaluation often used with out
  • scoped her out from across the room
  • —Tim Allis

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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