- 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.
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- 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: Middle English rangen from Old French ranger, variant, variety of rengier, to arrange inch(es) a circle, row (from source Middle English rengen) from renc from Frankish an unverified form hring, akin to OE, 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: ME reng < OFr renc
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- a. Extent of perception, knowledge, experience, or ability.b. The area or sphere in which an activity takes place.c. The full extent covered: within the range of possibilities.
- a. An amount or extent of variation: a wide price range.b. Music The gamut of tones that a voice or instrument is capable of producing. Also called compass.
- a. The maximum extent or distance limiting operation, action, or effectiveness, as of a projectile, aircraft, radio signal, or sound.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 place equipped for practice in shooting at targets.
- Aerospace A testing area at which rockets and missiles are launched and tracked.
- 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 act of wandering or roaming over a large area.
- Mathematics The set of all values a given function may take on.
- Statistics The difference or interval between the smallest and largest values in a frequency distribution.
- A class, rank, or order: The candidate had broad support from the lower ranges of the party.
- Abbr. Ra. An extended group or series, especially a row or chain of mountains.
- One of a series of double-faced bookcases in a library stack room.
- Abbr. R A north-south strip of townships, each six miles square, numbered east and west from a specified meridian in a U.S. public land survey.
- A stove with spaces for cooking a number of things at the same time.
- To arrange or dispose in a particular order, especially in rows or lines.
- To assign to a particular category; classify.
- To align (a gun, for example) with a target.
- a. To determine the distance of (a target).b. To be capable of reaching (a maximum distance).
- To pass over or through (an area or region).
- To turn (livestock) onto an extensive area of open land for grazing.
- Nautical To uncoil (an anchor cable) on deck so the anchor may descend easily.
- To vary within specified limits: ages that ranged from two to five.
- To extend in a particular direction: a river that ranges to the east.
- To extend or lie in the same direction: “Whatsoever comes athwart his affection ranges evenly with mine” (Shakespeare).
- To pass over or through an area or region in or as if in exploration.
- To wander freely; roam.
- To live or grow within a particular region.
Origin: Middle 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.
range - Business Definition
- The difference between the largest and smallest variables in a sample or population. Range is used in statistics as a measure of dispersion.
- The high and low prices reached by a security within a given period. A large range in relation to a security price tends to indicate greater price volatility and risk for an investor. Also called price range.
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.
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- The set of all values that a given function may have. Compare domain.
- The difference between the smallest and largest values in a set of data. If the lowest test score of a group of students is 54 and the highest is 94, the range is 40.
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