- Scope is range of understanding, thought or action.
An example of scope is someone having the ability to run a marathon.
- the extent of the mind's grasp; range of perception or understanding: a problem beyond his scope
- the range or extent of action, inquiry, etc., or of an activity, concept, etc.: the scope of a book
- room or opportunity for freedom of action or thought; free play
- telescope, microscope, radarscope, etc.
- Naut. length, extent, or sweep, as of a cable
- Now Rare end; purpose
Origin of scopeItalian scopo ; from Classical Latin scopus, goal, target ; from Classical Greek skopos, a mark, spy, watcher ; from base of skopein, to see, altered by metathesis ; from Indo-European base an unverified form spe-, to peer, look carefully from source spy, Classical Latin specere, to see
Origin of -scopeLate Latin -scopium ; from Classical Greek -skopion ; from skopein: see scope
- The range of one's perceptions, thoughts, or actions: broaden one's scope by reading.
- The opportunity or possibility to function or be active: gave her imagination broad scope. See Synonyms at room.
- The extent of a given activity or subject that is involved, treated, or relevant: the scope of the debate. See Synonyms at range.
- The length or sweep of a mooring cable.
- Informal A viewing instrument such as a periscope, microscope, or telescope.
- Linguistics The range over a part of a sentence or discourse that a quantifier has an effect on.
transitive verbscoped scoped, scop·ing, scopes Informal
Origin of scopeItalian scopo, aim, purpose, from Greek skopos, target, aim; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of -scopeNew Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion, from skopein, to see; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
- The breadth, depth or reach of a subject; a domain.
- A device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target
- (computing) The region of program source in which an identifier is meaningful.
- (logic) The shortest sub-wff of which a given instance of a logical connective is a part.
- (linguistics) The region of an utterance to which some modifying element applies.
- the scope of an adverb
- (slang) Shortened form of periscope, telescope, microscope or oscilloscope.
(third-person singular simple present scopes, present participle scoping, simple past and past participle scoped)
- To perform a cursory investigation, as to scope out.
- (slang) To perform arthroscopic surgery.
- The surgeon will scope the football player's knee to repair damage to a ligament.
- (slang) To examine under a microscope.
- The entomologist explained that he could not tell what species of springtail we were looking at without scoping it.
scope - Computer Definition
(1) A range of IP addresses.
(2) In programming, the visibility of variables within a program; for example, whether one function can use a variable created in another function.
(3) A CRT screen, such as used on an oscilloscope or common display terminal.
(4) See search scope.