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range

Noun

1 an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in the political orbit of a world power" [syn: scope, reach, orbit, compass, ambit]
2 the limits within which something can be effective; "range of motion"; "he was beyond the reach of their fire" [syn: reach]
3 a large tract of grassy open land on which livestock can graze; "they used to drive the cattle across the open range every spring"; "he dreamed of a home on the range"
4 a series of hills or mountains; "the valley was between two ranges of hills"; "the plains lay just beyond the mountain range" [syn: mountain range, range of mountains, chain, mountain chain, chain of mountains]
5 a place for shooting (firing or driving) projectiles of various kinds; "the army maintains a missile range in the desert"; "any good golf club will have a range where you can practice"
6 the limits of the values a function can take; "the range of this function is the interval from 0 to 1"
7 a variety of different things or activities; "he answered a range of questions"; "he was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection"
8 the limit of capability; "within the compass of education" [syn: compass, reach, grasp]
9 a kitchen appliance used for cooking food; "dinner was already on the stove" [syn: stove, kitchen stove, kitchen range, cooking stove]

Verb

1 change or be different within limits; "Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion"; "Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent"; "The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals"; "My students range from very bright to dull" [syn: run]
2 move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town" [syn: roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, drift, vagabond]
3 have a range; be capable of projecting over a certain distance, as of a gun; "This gun ranges over two miles"
4 range or extend over; occupy a certain area; "The plants straddle the entire state" [syn: straddle]
5 lay out in a line [syn: array, lay out, set out]
6 feed as in a meadow or pasture; "the herd was grazing" [syn: crop, browse, graze, pasture]
7 let eat; "range the animals in the prairie"
8 assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide" [syn: rate, rank, order, grade, place]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /ɹeɪndʒ/, /r\eIndZ/

Noun

  1. Line or series of mountains.
  2. Large fuel-burning stove.
  3. Selection, array. Eg: A range of cars.
  4. Area used for shooting, artillery, etc.
  5. An area of open, often unfenced, grazing land.
  6. The set of values (points) which a function can obtain.
  7. The length of the smallest interval which contains all the data. It is calculated by subtracting the smallest observations from the greatest.
  8. The distance to a target, or to the subject of discussion.
    We could see the ship at a range of five miles.
  9. The defensive area that a player can cover.
    Jones has good range for a big man.
  10. Compass - The scale of all the tones a voice or an instrument can produce.
  11. The geographical area or zone where a species is normally naturally found.

Synonyms

  • (values a function can obtain): codomain

Antonyms

  • (values a function can obtain): domain

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

(mathematics) set of values of a function

Verb

  1. (followed by over) To travel over (an area, etc) with a particular purpose.
  2. (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.
  3. classify
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: . Book 1, Part 5.
      they seem, however, to range the elements under the head of matter;

Translations

Extensive Definition

Range may refer to a measurement:
Range may also be:
range in Japanese: レンジ
range in Polish: Zasięg
range in Finnish: Kantama

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