ex-tent

extent

[ik-stent]
noun
1.
the space or degree to which a thing extends; length, area, volume, or scope: the extent of his lands; to be right to a certain extent.
2.
something extended, as a space; a particular length, area, or volume; something having extension: the limitless extent of the skies.
3.
U.S. Law. a writ, or a levy, by which a debtor's lands are valued and transferred to the creditor, absolutely or for a term of years.
4.
English Law.
a.
Also called writ of extent. a writ to recover debts of a record due to the crown, under which land, property, etc., may be seized.
b.
a seizure made under such a writ.
5.
Logic. extension ( def 12 ).
6.
Archaic. assessment or valuation, as of land.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English extente assessment < Medieval Latin extenta, noun use of feminine of Latin extentus, past participle of extendere to extend

preextent, noun

extant, extent.


1. magnitude, measure, amount, compass, range, expanse, stretch, reach, length.
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extent (ɪkˈstɛnt)
 
n
1.  the range over which something extends; scope: the extent of the damage
2.  an area or volume: a vast extent of concrete
3.  (US) law a writ authorizing a person to whom a debt is due to assume temporary possession of his debtor's lands
4.  logic another word for extension
 
[C14: from Old French extente, from Latin extentus extensive, from extendere to extend]

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extent
early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. estente "valuation of land, stretch of land," from fem. pp. of O.Fr. extendre "extend," from L. extendere (see extend).
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