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extent or range of view, outlook, application, operation, effectiveness, etc.: an investigation of wide scope.
space for movement or activity; opportunity for operation: to give one's fancy full scope.
extent in space; a tract or area.
length: a scope of cable.
aim or purpose.
Linguistics, Logic. the range of words or elements of an expression over which a modifier or operator has control: In “old men and women,” “old” may either take “men and women” or just “men” in its scope.
(used as a short form of microscope, oscilloscope, periscope, radarscope, riflescope, telescopic sight, etc.)
verb (used with object), scoped, scoping.
Slang. to look at, read, or investigate, as in order to evaluate or appreciate.
Verb phrases
scope out, Slang.
to look at or over; examine; check out: a rock musician scoping out the audience before going on stage.
to master; figure out: By the time we'd scoped out the problem, it was too late.

1525–35; < Italian scopo < Greek skopós aim, mark to shoot at; akin to skopeîn to look at (see -scope)

scopeless, adjective

1. See range. 2. margin, room, liberty.
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scope (skəʊp)
1.  opportunity for exercising the faculties or abilities; capacity for action: plenty of scope for improvement
2.  range of view, perception, or grasp; outlook
3.  the area covered by an activity, topic, etc; range: the scope of his thesis was vast
4.  nautical slack left in an anchor cable
5.  logic, linguistics that part of an expression that is governed by a given operator: the scope of the negation in PV--(qr) is --(qr)
6.  informal telescope microscope short for oscilloscope
7.  archaic purpose or aim
8.  informal to look at or examine carefully
[C16: from Italian scopo goal, from Latin scopus, from Greek skopos target; related to Greek skopein to watch]

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Word Origin & History

"extent," 1534, "room to act," from It. scopo "aim, purpose, object, thing aimed at, mark, target," from L. scopus, from Gk. skopos "aim, target, watcher," from PIE *spek- "to observe" (cf. Skt. spasati "sees;" Avestan spasyeiti "spies;" Gk. skopein "behold, look, consider," skeptesthai "to look at;"
L. specere "to look at;" O.H.G. spehhon "to spy," Ger. spähen "to spy"). Sense of "distance the mind can reach, extent of view" first recorded c.1600.

"instrument for viewing," 1872, abstracted from telescope, microscope, etc., from Gk. skopein "to look" (see scope (1)). Earlier used as a shortening of horoscope (c.1600). The verb is recorded from 1807.
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Example sentences for scopes
Scopes was convicted of teaching evolution, but the verdict was overturned on appeal.
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