- Extent is defined as how far something goes or extends.
An example of extent is the amount of damage done by a flood.
extent definition by Webster's New World
- the space, amount, or degree to which a thing extends; size; length; breadth
- range or limits of anything; scope; coverage
- an extended space; vast area: an extent of woodland
- Eng. Law, Historical
- a writ directing the seizure of a debtor's property to compel payment of the debt
- a valuation of property, as one made in connection with such a writ
Origin: Middle English extente ; from Anglo-French ; from Old French estente ; from estendre ; from Classical Latin extendere
extent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The range, magnitude, or distance over which a thing extends: landowners unaware of the extent of their own holdings.b. The degree to which a thing extends: prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
- An extensive space or area: an extent of desert.
- Law a. A writ allowing a creditor to assume temporary ownership of a debtor's property.b. In Great Britain, a writ allowing a creditor to seize a debtor's property temporarily.c. The seizure in execution of such a writ.
- Archaic An assessment or valuation, as of land in Britain, especially for taxation.
Origin: Middle English extente, assessment on land, from Anglo-Norman, from feminine past participle of extendre, to extend, from Latin extendere; see extend.
extent - Computer Definition
(1) Contiguous space on a disk reserved for a file or application.
(2) A contiguous set of blocks in a database.