1. [ noun ] an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control
Synonyms: scope compass reach orbit ambit

: "the range of a supersonic jet" within the scope of an investigation" "outside the reach of the law" "in the political orbit of a world power"

Related terms: extent horizon sweep spectrum gamut palette confines approximate_range latitude contrast internationality compass
2. [ verb ] change or be different within limits
Synonyms: run

"Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion" "Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent" "The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals" My students range from very bright to dull"

Related terms: be run run scope
3. [ noun ] the limits within which something can be effective
Synonyms: reach

"range of motion" "he was beyond the reach of their fire"

Related terms: limit view earshot rifle_range reach
4. [ noun ] (mathematics) the limits of the values a function can take

"the range of this function is the interval from 0 to 1"

Related terms: domain limit
5. [ noun ] (geography) a large tract of grassy open land on which livestock can graze

"they used to drive the cattle across the open range every spring" "he dreamed of a home on the range"

Related terms: tract home_range graze
6. [ verb ] move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
Synonyms: wander roam drift rove stray vagabond roll cast ramble tramp swan

"The gypsies roamed the woods" "roving vagabonds" "the wandering Jew" "The cattle roam across the prairie" "the laborers drift from one town to the next"

Related terms: travel maunder gallivant stray wander straggler wanderer alley_cat wandering rambler vagabond drifting hiker
7. [ verb ] have a range; be capable of projecting over a certain distance, as of a gun

"This gun ranges over two miles"

Related terms: carry compass
8. [ noun ] (arms) a place for shooting (firing or driving) projectiles of various kinds

"the army maintains a missile range in the desert" "any good golf club will have a range where you can practice"

Related terms: facility test_range rifle_range practice_range
9. [ verb ] lay out in a line
Synonyms: lay_out set_out array
Related terms: arrange compart array
10. [ verb ] range or extend over; occupy a certain area
Synonyms: straddle

"The plants straddle the entire state"

Related terms: constitute spread-eagle scope
11. [ noun ] (geography) a series of hills or mountains
Synonyms: range_of_mountains chain mountain_chain chain_of_mountains mountain_range

"the valley was between two ranges of hills" "the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"

Related terms: geological_formation selkirk_mountains Adirondacks Alleghenies Appalachians Great_Smoky_Mountains Berkshires Black_Hills Cascades Catskills Coast_Range Cumberland_Mountains Apennines Caucasus Karakoram Kunlun Hindu_Kush Tien_Shan Andes Alaska_Range Alps Balkans Ozarks Pyrenees Rockies Sierra_Nevada Teton_Range St._Elias_Range Himalayas Blue_Ridge_Mountains sierra Urals admiralty_range cantabrian_mountains dolomite_alps guadalupe_mountains mesabi_range nan_ling sacramento_mountains sierra_madre_occidental sierra_madre_oriental sierra_nevada atlas_mountains australian_alps carpathian_mountains eastern_highlands mount_carmel rhodope_mountains san_juan_mountains pass massif
12. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 6789
13. [ verb ] assign a rank or rating to
Synonyms: rate place grade rank order

"how would you rank these students?" "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"

Related terms: judge downgrade upgrade subordinate reorder sequence shortlist superordinate prioritize seed order rank order place gradation grader gradation
14. [ verb ] (food) let eat
Synonyms: graze

"range the animals in the prairie"

Related terms: feed grass crop
15. [ noun ] a variety of different things or activities

"he answered a range of questions" "he was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection"

Related terms: assortment band
16. [ noun ] the limit of capability
Synonyms: reach grasp compass

"within the compass of education"

Related terms: capability sight
17. [ verb ] (food) feed as in a meadow or pasture
Synonyms: graze browse pasture crop

"the herd was grazing"

Related terms: feed crop graze eatage graze browse
18. [ noun ] (food) a kitchen appliance used for cooking food
Synonyms: stove cooking_stove kitchen_range kitchen_stove

"dinner was already on the stove"

Related terms: kitchen_appliance gas_range Primus_stove cookstove charcoal_burner potbelly electric_range spirit_stove grate
Similar spelling:   Raynes