the extent to which or the limits between which variation is possible: the range of steel prices; a wide range of styles.
the extent or scope of the operation or action of something: within range of vision.
the distance to which a projectile is or may be sent by a weapon.
the distance of the target from the weapon.
an area equipped with targets for practice in shooting weapons: a rifle range.
an area used for flight-testing missiles.
the distance of something to be located from some point of operation, as in sound ranging.
the distance that can be covered by an aircraft, ship, or other vehicle, carrying a normal load without refueling.
Statistics. the difference between the largest and smallest values in a statistical distribution.
a continuous course of masonry of the same height from end to end.
Music. compass ( def 4 ).
the horizontal direction or extension of a survey line established by two or more marked points.
(in U.S. public-land surveys) one of a series of divisions numbered east or west from the principal meridian of the survey and consisting of a row of townships, each six miles square, that are numbered north or south from a base line.
Navigation. a line established by markers or lights on shore for the location of soundings.
a rank, class, or order: in the higher ranges of society.
a row, line, or series, as of persons or things.
an act of ranging or moving around, as over an area or region.
Also called rangeland. an area or tract that is or may be ranged over, especially an open region for the grazing of livestock.
the region over which a population or species is distributed: the range of the Baltimore oriole.
Mathematics. the set of all values attained by a given function throughout its domain.
a chain of mountains forming a single system: the Catskill Range.
a large portable or stationary cooking stove having burners built into the top surface and containing one or more ovens.
Physics. the maximum distance that a charged particle, as a proton, can penetrate a given medium and still maintain sufficient kinetic energy to produce ionization in the medium.
a large cleat for securing various lines, especially the tacks and sheets of courses.
a length of anchor cable laid on deck.
working or grazing on a range: range horses; range animals like steer and sheep.
verb (used with object), ranged, ranging.
to draw up or arrange (persons or things) in rows or lines or in a specific position, company, or group: The sergeant ranged the troops in columns of six across.
to place or arrange systematically; set in order; dispose: The members of the cast were ranged in their proper places on stage.
to place in a particular class; classify: They ranged themselves with the liberals.
to make straight, level, or even, as lines of type.
to pass over or through (an area or region) in all directions, as in exploring or searching: They ranged the entire countryside.
to pasture (cattle) on a range.
to direct or train, as a telescope, upon an object.
to obtain the range of (something aimed at or to be located).
Nautical. to lay out (an anchor cable) so that the anchor may descend smoothly.
verb (used without object), ranged, ranging.
to vary within certain limits: prices ranging from $5 to $10.
to have a certain variety of things somehow related: emotions ranging from smugness to despair.
to move around or through a region in all directions, as people or animals.
to rove, roam, or wander: The talk ranged over a variety of subjects.
to stretch out or extend in a line, as things: shabby houses ranged along the road.
to extend, run, or go in a certain direction: a boundary ranging from east and west.
to lie or extend in the same line or plane, as one thing with another or others.
to take up a position in a line or in order.
to extend, be found, or occur over an area or throughout a period, as an animal or plant.
to have a specified range, as a gun, missile, etc.
to find the range, as of something aimed at or to be located.
Nautical. (of an anchored vessel) to swerve or sheer (often followed by about ).
in range, (of two or more objects observed from a vessel) located one directly behind the other.

1350–1400; (noun) Middle English < Old French renge row, derivative of renc line; see rank1; (v.) Middle English rangen < Middle French ranger, Old French rengier, derivative of renc

nonranging, adjective
subrange, noun
unranging, adjective

1. sweep, reach. Range, compass, latitude, scope refer to extent or breadth. Range emphasizes extent and diversity: the range of one's interests. Compass suggests definite limits: within the compass of one's mind. Latitude emphasizes the idea of freedom from narrow confines, thus breadth or extent: granted latitude of action. Scope suggests great freedom but a proper limit: the scope of one's activities; the scope of one's obligations. 14. kind, sort. 15. tier, file. 25. align, rank. 26. array. 36. See roam. 38. lie.
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range (reɪndʒ)
1.  the limits within which a person or thing can function effectively: the range of vision
2.  the limits within which any fluctuation takes place: a range of values
3.  the total products of a manufacturer, designer, or stockist: the new autumn range
4.  a.  the maximum effective distance of a projectile fired from a weapon
 b.  the distance between a target and a weapon
5.  an area set aside for shooting practice or rocket testing
6.  the total distance which a ship, aircraft, or land vehicle is capable of covering without taking on fresh fuel: the range of this car is about 160 miles
7.  physics the distance that a particle of ionizing radiation, such as an electron or proton, can travel through a given medium, esp air, before ceasing to cause ionization
8.  maths, logic
 a.  Compare domain (of a function) the set of values that the function takes for all possible arguments
 b.  (of a variable) the set of values that a variable can take
 c.  (of a quantifier) the set of values that the variable bound by the quantifier can take
9.  statistics a measure of dispersion obtained by subtracting the smallest from the largest sample values
10.  the extent of pitch difference between the highest and lowest notes of a voice, instrument, etc
11.  (US), (Canadian)
 a.  an extensive tract of open land on which livestock can graze
 b.  (as modifier): range cattle
12.  the geographical region in which a species of plant or animal normally grows or lives
13.  a rank, row, or series of items
14.  a series or chain of mountains
15.  a large stove with burners and one or more ovens, usually heated by solid fuel
16.  the act or process of ranging
17.  nautical a line of sight taken from the sea along two or more navigational aids that mark a navigable channel
18.  the extension or direction of a survey line, established by marking two or more points
19.  a double-faced bookcase, as in a library
20.  philosophy, logic range of significance the set of subjects for which a given predicate is intelligible
vb (foll by with) (when intr, foll by over) (foll by over)
21.  to establish or be situated in a line, row, or series
22.  to put into a specific category; classify: she ranges herself with the angels
23.  (foll by on) to aim or point (a telescope, gun, etc) or (of a gun, telescope, etc) to be pointed or aimed
24.  to establish the distance of (a target) from (a weapon)
25.  (intr) (of a gun or missile) to have a specified range
26.  to wander about (in) an area; roam (over)
27.  (of an animal or plant) to live or grow in its normal habitat
28.  (tr) to put (cattle) to graze on a range
29.  (intr) to fluctuate within specific limits: their ages range from 18 to 21
30.  (intr) to extend or run in a specific direction
31.  (tr) nautical to coil (an anchor rope or chain) so that it will pay out smoothly
32.  (intr) nautical (of a vessel) to swing back and forth while at anchor
33.  (tr) to make (lines of printers' type) level or even at the margin
[C13: from Old French: row, from ranger to position, from renc line]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "row or line of persons" (esp. hunters or soldiers), from O.Fr. range "range, rank," from rangier "to place in a row, arrange," from reng "row, line" (see rank (n.)). Meaning "row of mountains" is from 1705. Meaning "scope, extent" first recorded 1666; that of "area
over which animals seek food" is from 1626, from the verb meaning "move over a large area" (1477). Specific U.S. sense of "series of townships six miles in width" is from 1785. Sense of "distance a gun can send a bullet" is recorded from 1591; meaning "place used for shooting practice" is from 1862. The verb sense of "to arrange in rows" is recorded from 1375. The cooking appliance so called since 1446, for unknown reasons. Rangy is 1868, "adapted for ranging;" the meaning "having a long, slender form" (as an animal suited to ranging) is from 1876.
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Medical Dictionary

range (rānj)
In statistics, the difference or interval between the smallest and largest values in a frequency distribution.

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Science Dictionary
range   (rānj)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The set of all values that a given function may have. Compare domain.

  2. The difference between the smallest and largest values in a set of data. If the lowest test score of a group of students is 54 and the highest is 94, the range is 40.

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Bible Dictionary

Ranges definition

(1.) Lev. 11:35. Probably a cooking furnace for two or more pots, as the Hebrew word here is in the dual number; or perhaps a fire-place fitted to receive a pair of ovens. (2.) 2 Kings 11:8. A Hebrew word is here used different from the preceding, meaning "ranks of soldiers." The Levites were appointed to guard the king's person within the temple (2 Chr. 23:7), while the soldiers were his guard in the court, and in going from the temple to the palace. The soldiers are here commanded to slay any one who should break through the "ranks" (as rendered in the R.V.) to come near the king. In 2 Kings 11:15 the expression, "Have her forth without the ranges," is in the Revised Version, "Have her forth between the ranks;" i.e., Jehoiada orders that Athaliah should be kept surrounded by his own guards, and at the same time conveyed beyond the precincts of the temple.

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Example sentences for ranges
The list of normal reference ranges for various blood electrolytes is extensive.
This is mainly because image displays and human perception have restricted
Php stability diagram outlining ranges where product crispness is lost.
At longer ranges, bullet drop plays a significant role in targeting.
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