- Scope is range of understanding, thought or action.
An example of scope is someone having the ability to run a marathon.
scope definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Italian 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: Late Latin -scopium ; from Classical Greek -skopion ; from skopein: see scope
scope definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The range of one's perceptions, thoughts, or actions.
- Breadth or opportunity to function. See Synonyms at room.
- The area covered by a given activity or subject. See Synonyms at range.
- The length or sweep of a mooring cable.
- Informal A viewing instrument such as a periscope, microscope, or telescope.
Origin: Italian scopo, aim, purpose, from Greek skopos, target, aim; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: New Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion, from skopein, to see; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
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.