An example of extent is the amount of damage done by a flood.
- 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
- Historical, Eng. Law
- 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 of extentMiddle English extente from Anglo-French from Old French estente from estendre from Classical Latin extendere
to some extent
- 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. In Great Britain, a writ allowing a creditor to seize a debtor's property temporarily.b. The seizure in execution of such a writ.
- Archaic An assessment or valuation, as of land in Britain, especially for taxation.
Origin of extentMiddle English extente assessment on land from Anglo-Norman from feminine past participle of extendre to extend from Latin extendere ; see extend .
(comparative more extent, superlative most extent)
- (obsolete) Extended.
extent - Computer Definition
(1) Contiguous space on a disk reserved for a file or application.
(2) A contiguous set of blocks in a database.