Scope meaning

skōp
Scope is range of understanding, thought or action.

An example of scope is someone having the ability to run a marathon.

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The extent of the mind's grasp; range of perception or understanding.

A problem beyond his scope.

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The opportunity or possibility to function or be active.

Gave her imagination broad scope.

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An instrument for viewing or observing.

Bronchoscope.

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The range of one's perceptions, thoughts, or actions.

Broaden one's scope by reading.

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To perform arthroscopic surgery on.
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The extent of a given activity or subject that is involved, treated, or relevant.

The scope of the debate.

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The length or sweep of a mooring cable.
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A viewing instrument such as a periscope, microscope, or telescope.
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The range over a part of a sentence or discourse that a quantifier has an effect on.
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To examine or assess. Often used with out:
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The range or extent of action, inquiry, etc., or of an activity, concept, etc.

The scope of a book.

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Room or opportunity for freedom of action or thought; free play.
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The length of chain attaching a vessel to an anchor or mooring buoy.
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End; purpose.
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To look at or look into carefully; scrutinize; investigate; examine closely.
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An instrument, etc. for seeing or observing.

Telescope, retinoscope, kaleidoscope.

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(1) A range of IP addresses.
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The breadth, depth or reach of a subject; a domain.
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A device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target.
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(computing) The region of program source in which an identifier is meaningful.
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(logic) The shortest sub-wff of which a given instance of a logical connective is a part.
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(linguistics) The region of an utterance to which some modifying element applies.

The scope of an adverb.

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(slang) Shortened form of periscope, telescope, microscope or oscilloscope.
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To perform a cursory investigation, as to scope out.
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(slang) To perform arthroscopic surgery.

The surgeon will scope the football player's knee to repair damage to a ligament.

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(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.

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Origin of scope

  • LL -scopium < Gr -skopion < skopein: see scope

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • New Latin -scopium from Greek -skopion from skopein to see spek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Italian scopo aim, purpose from Greek skopos target, aim spek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition