A hiker views a snow covered mountain range.
- The definition of a range is a series of things or the limit to which something can reach or a place where animals live and eat.
- An example of range is a group of mountains.
- An example of range is the maximum distance a gun can shoot a bullet.
- An example of range is a large area of land with buffalo.
- Range is defined as to set or place in order or position.
An example of range is to line students up from tallest to shortest.
transitive verbranged, ranging
- to arrange in a certain order; esp., to set in a row or rows
- to put into the proper class or classes; systematize
- to place with others in a cause, party, etc.: to range oneself with the rebels
- to put (a gun, telescope, etc.) in a line with the target or object, at a proper angle of elevation; train
- Now Rare to make level or even
- to travel over or through; roam about: to range the woods
- to travel or move along: to range the coastline
- ☆ to put out (cattle, etc.) to graze on a range
- to arrange (the anchor cable) in even rows on deck
Origin of rangeMiddle English rangen ; from Old French ranger, variant, variety of rengier, to arrange in a circle, row (from source Middle English rengen) ; from renc ; from Frankish an unverified form hring, akin to Old English Old High German hring, ring
- to extend, reach, or lie in a given direction or in a row: hills ranging toward the south
- to wander about; roam
- to move about an area, as in hunting: dogs ranging through the woods
- to have a specified range: a gun that ranges five miles
- to vary between stated limits: children ranging in age from 5 to 12
- Biol. to be native to a specified region
- a row, line, or series; rank
- a class, kind, or order
- a series of connected mountains considered as a single system
- the maximum effective horizontal distance that a weapon can fire its projectile
- the horizontal distance from a weapon to its target
- the path of flight for a missile or rocket
- the distance to or from any target, goal, or object of interest: to view a wild animal at close range
- the maximum distance a plane, etc. can travel without fueling
- a place for shooting practice
- a place for testing rockets in flight
- the full extent over which something moves or is heard, seen, understood, effective, etc.; scope: the range of one's studies
- full extent of pitch, from highest to lowest tones, of a voice, instrument, composition, etc.
- a wandering or roaming
- ☆ a large, open area of land over which livestock can wander and graze
- the limits of possible variations of amount, degree, etc.: a wide range of prices
- a unit for cooking, typically including an oven and surface heating units and usually operated by gas or electricity
- ☆ in U.S. public surveying, a strip of land between two meridian lines six miles apart, constituting a row of townships
- Biol. the region to which a plant or animal is native
- Math. the set of all distinct values that may be taken on by a given function
- Statistics the difference between the largest and smallest values in a sample
Origin of rangeME reng < OFr renc
- a. A number or grouping of things in the same category or within specified limits: offers a range of financial services; jobs at different pay ranges.b. An amount or extent of variation: a wide price range; the range of genetic diversity.c. Music The gamut of tones that a voice or instrument is capable of producing. Also called compass.d. A class, rank, or order: the lower ranges of society.
- a. Extent of perception, knowledge, experience, or ability: Calculus is simply out of my range.b. The area or sphere in which an activity takes place: beyond the range of the court's jurisdiction.
- a. The maximum extent or distance limiting operation, action, or effectiveness, as of a sound, radio signal, instrument, firearm, or aircraft: the limited range of the telescope; out of range of their guns; within hearing range.b. The maximum distance that can be covered by a vehicle with a specified payload before its fuel supply is exhausted.c. The distance between a projectile weapon and its target.
- a. A place equipped for practice in shooting at targets.b. A testing area at which rockets and missiles are launched and tracked.c. A place or business where golf shots can be practiced.
- An extensive area of open land on which livestock wander and graze.
- The geographic region in which a plant or animal normally lives or grows.
- The opportunity or freedom to wander or explore: We had free range of the campus.
- a. Mathematics The set of all values a given function may take on.b. Statistics The difference or interval between the smallest and largest values in a frequency distribution or a set of data.
- A group or series of things extending in a line or row, especially a row or chain of mountains.
- One of a series of double-faced bookcases in a library stack room.
- A north-south strip of townships, each six miles square, numbered east and west from a specified meridian in a US public land survey.
- A stove with spaces for cooking a number of things at the same time.
verbranged ranged, rang·ing, rang·es
- To vary within specified limits: sizes that range from small to extra large.
- To extend in a particular direction: a river that ranges to the east.
- To cover or have application to a number of things: Their conversation ranged over the major issues of the day. Her responsibilities range across all aspects of the negotiations.
- a. To move through, along, or around in an area or region: Raiders ranged up and down the coast.b. To wander freely; roam: allowed the animals to range freely.
- To look over something or around an area or place: The teacher's eyes ranged over the class.
- To live or grow within a particular region: “Some animals and plants range over a large portion of the world, yet retain the same character” (Charles Darwin).
- To arrange or dispose in a particular order, especially in rows or lines: “In the front seats of the galleries were ranged the ladies of the court” (Carolly Erickson).
- To assign to a particular category; classify: Her works are often ranged under the headings Mystery and Science Fiction.
- To move through or along or around in (an area or region): The scouts ranged the mountain forests. The patrol boat ranged the coast.
- To look over or throughout (something): His eyes ranged the room, looking for the letter.
- To turn (livestock) onto an extensive area of open land for grazing.
- a. To align (a gun, for example) with a target.b. To determine the distance of (a target).c. To be capable of reaching (a maximum distance).
- Nautical To uncoil (an anchor cable) on deck so the anchor may descend easily.
Origin of rangeMiddle English, row, rank, from Old French, from rangier, to put in a row, from rang, reng, line, of Germanic origin; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A line or series of mountains, buildings, etc.
- A fireplace; a fire or other cooking apparatus; now specifically, a large cooking stove with many hotplates.
- Selection, array.
- We sell a wide range of cars.
- An area for practicing shooting at targets.
- An area for military training or equipment testing.
- The distance from a person or sensor to an object, target, emanation, or event.
- We could see the ship at a range of five miles.
- One can use the speed of sound to estimate the range of a lightning flash.
- Maximum range of capability (of a weapon, radio, detector, fuel supply, etc.).
- This missile's range is 500 kilometres.
- An area of open, often unfenced, grazing land.
- Extent or space taken in by anything excursive; compass or extent of excursion; reach; scope.
- (mathematics) The set of values (points) which a function can obtain.
- (statistics) The length of the smallest interval which contains all the data in a sample; the difference between the largest and smallest observations in the sample.
- (sports, baseball) The defensive area that a player can cover.
- Jones has good range for a big man.
- (music) The scale of all the tones a voice or an instrument can produce.
- (ecology) The geographical area or zone where a species is normally naturally found.
- (programming) A sequential list of iterators that are specified by a beginning and ending iterator.
- std::for_each calls the given function on each value in the input range.
- An aggregate of individuals in one rank or degree; an order; a class.
- A wandering or roving; a going to and fro; an excursion; a ramble; an expedition.
- (US, historical) In the public land system, a row or line of townships lying between two succession meridian lines six miles apart.
- The scope of something, the extent which something covers or includes.
- (values a function can obtain): domain
(third-person singular simple present ranges, present participle ranging, simple past and past participle ranged)
- (intransitive) To travel over (an area, etc); to roam, wander. [from 15th c.]
- To rove over or through.
- to range the fields
- To bring (something) into a specified position or relationship (especially, of opposition) with something else. [from 16th c.]
- (intransitive) (mathematics, computing; followed by over) Of a variable, to be able to take any of the values in a specified range.
- The variable x ranges over all real values from 0 to 10.
- To classify.
- to range plants and animals in genera and species
- (intransitive) To form a line or a row.
- The front of a house ranges with the street.
- (intransitive) To be placed in order; to be ranked; to admit of arrangement or classification; to rank.
- To set in a row, or in rows; to place in a regular line or lines, or in ranks; to dispose in the proper order.
- To place among others in a line, row, or order, as in the ranks of an army; usually, reflexively and figuratively, to espouse a cause, to join a party, etc.
- (biology) To be native to, or live in, a certain district or region.
- The peba ranges from Texas to Paraguay.
- To separate into parts; to sift.
- To sail or pass in a direction parallel to or near.
- to range the coast
range - Computer Definition
(1) In data entry validation, a group of values from a minimum to a maximum.
(2) With spreadsheets, a series of cells that are worked on as a group. It may refer to a row, column or rectangular block defined by one corner and its diagonally opposite corner.
(3) A geographic distance.
(4) A group of frequencies.