• WordNet 3.6
    • n ranger a member of a military unit trained as shock troops for hit-and-run raids
    • n ranger an official who is responsible for managing and protecting an area of forest
    • n Ranger a member of the Texas state highway patrol; formerly a mounted lawman who maintained order on the frontier
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Lone Ranger's "real" name is John Reid.
    • Ranger A dog that beats the ground in search of game.
    • Ranger One of a body of mounted troops, formerly armed with short muskets, who range over the country, and often fight on foot.
    • Ranger One who ranges; a rover; sometimes, one who ranges for plunder; a roving robber.
    • Ranger That which separates or arranges; specifically, a sieve. "The tamis ranger ."
    • Ranger The keeper of a public park or forest; formerly, a sworn officer of a forest, appointed by the king's letters patent, whose business was to walk through the forest, recover beasts that had strayed beyond its limits, watch the deer, present trespasses to the next court held for the forest, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Texas Rangers were the first U.S. state police force. They were established in 1835.
    • n ranger One who ranges, or roams, or roves about; especially, one engaged in ranging or going about for some specific purpose, as search or ward.
    • n ranger Specifically In England, formerly, a sworn officer of a forest, appointed by the king's letters patent, whose business it was to walk through the forest, watch the deer, prevent trespasses, etc.; now, merely a government official connected with a royal forest or park.
    • n ranger One of a body of regular or irregular troops, or other armed men, employed in ranging over a region, either for its protection or as marauders: as, the Texan rangers. Military rangers are generally mounted, but may fight on foot if occasion requires. The name is sometimes used in the plural for a permanent body of troops, as the Connaught Rangers in the British army.
    • n ranger One who roves for plunder; a robber.
    • n ranger A dog that beats the ground.
    • n ranger A sieve.
    • n ranger A kind of fish. See the quotation.
    • n ranger A kind of seal, probably the young bayseal.
    • n ranger In some parts of the United States, a county officer who takes charge of stray animals. See the extract.
    • n ranger A steer or horse raised on a cattlerange.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ranger a rover: a dog that beats the ground: an officer who superintends a forest or park
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ranger, to range—rang, a rank.


In literature:

She took the blouse from Addy Ranger, and she and Jane Holland disappeared with it into a small inner room.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
He knew something of the Forest Service, and had been told that many of the rangers were college men.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
As the ship drew up she hailed the Ranger.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
Dey tuck'n make all der 'rangerments, en wait fer de day.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Adventures of the Connaught Rangers, review of, 457.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
Harshaw organized a company of rangers made up mostly of cowpunchers from the river ranches.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
After half a week in the saddle Lieutenant Bucky O'Connor of the Arizona Rangers and Curly Flandrau reached Saguache tired and travel-stained.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
There was no chance of successful defence in the position of the rangers, and they were compelled to break and flee.
"Heroes and Hunters of the West" by Anonymous
From Jose the ranger turned to Alan.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
"Memoirs of the Court and Cabinets of George the Third, Volume 2 (of 2)" by The Duke of Buckingham
The Rangers' camp was on an island in the Hudson.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
From the Rangers he joined the Q.P.
"Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches" by David Drummond Bone
As stated, they had both belonged to the "Rangers" of immortal memory.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Old Noll has sent the breath of holiness before him to supply his place, and made a sudden convert of the Ranger!
"The Buccaneer" by Mrs. S. C. Hall
But, faithful to their friends, Washington's rangers stepped forth with joy to met the assailants.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
This was only one of the bits of business which the energetic Jones transacted before he sailed in the Ranger to harass England.
"Paul Jones" by Hutchins Hapgood
I will go with you, since the Ranger of Locksley orders it.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
The ranger became exasperated.
"In the Oregon Country" by George Palmer Putnam
The Ranger of the Forests, his wife, and daughter, were presented to me.
"The Marvellous History of the Shadowless Man and The Cold Heart" by Adelbert von Chamisso
Therefore, the pointer there is the dog, and if well and purely bred, he is as gallant a ranger as the setter.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson

In poetry:

The Ranger on his couch lay warm,
And heard him plead in vain;
But oft amid December's storm,
He'll hear that voice again:
"The Palmer" by Sir Walter Scott
Plants that welcome the stranger,
Sea-swept and driven astern,
Beloved by the wide-world ranger—
Seaweed, tussock, and fern.
"Seaweed, Tussock and Fern" by Henry Lawson
Known to the world-wide ranger,
Who sailed on the “Never Return,”
Emblems of storm and danger—
Flax and tussock and fern.
"Seaweed, Tussock and Fern" by Henry Lawson
Years ago a lonely stranger,
With the dusky brow
Of the outcast forest-ranger,
Crossed the swift Powow,
And betook him to the rill
And the oak upon the hill.
"The Fountain" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The ranger's daughter sang beside the well:
"Will none but princes pass by where I sit?
I am not fair for princes." Her long hair
She twisted up and made a crown of it.
"The Princess" by Ethel Clifford
I've sung you a song and I've told you my story,
And all that I ask when I'm done with the show,
Is, roll a rock down when I slide into glory,
And say that I went like a ranger should go.
"Roll A Rock Down" by Henry Herbert Knibbs

In news:

Rangers secure playoff spot after Mike Napoli crushes ex-club.
ARLINGTON — Closer Joe Nathan got the quick redemption he hoped for, and the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers are back in the playoffs.
Raiders' Heysward-Bey back at practice Rangers go for the KO tonight.
As the Texas Rangers played — and lost — their most important game in 11 months, fans greeted Wednesday evening with a mixture of shock, hostility and even a little hope.
Cause for concern AL West lead down to 3 after A's clobber Hamilton, Rangers.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers were in quick trouble against the Oakland Athletics.
Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff home run and Mitch Moreland launched a 463-foot shot, sending Ryan Dempster and the Texas Rangers past the Minnesota Twins 9-3 Saturday for their fourth straight win.
Always look on the bright side of life: Rangers still coasting in AL West.
He plays "Ranger" sidekick Tonto in the film.
Rangers Come Close , but Can't Get Past Sharks.
Assateague Ranger Speaks to OC Elementary Students.
The Ticket's Corby Davidson, co-host of The Hardline from 3 to 7 pm weekdays on SportsRadio 1310-AM in Dallas, answered your questions about the Rangers and other Dallas teams in a live chat Friday.
Can Daniels really improve Rangers.
A ranger marks a wild ginseng plant with a special dye to prevent poaching recently in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
Katie Sharp and Jason Starrett from ESPN Stats & Information offer up the following interesting statistics about certain hot and cold players in a preview of tonight's Rangers-Yankees game, the ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball main event.

In science:

The supercomputing time for this research was provided in part by the NSF through TeraGrid resource TACC Ranger under Grant No.
Quantum-interference-controlled three-terminal molecular transistors based on a single ring-shaped-molecule connected to graphene nanoribbon electrodes
Summary of Performed Runs Each of the calculations is carried out on 16 to 32 processors of the Ranger cluster10 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dwarf Galaxies with Ionizing Radiation Feedback. I: Escape of Ionizing Photons
It is paved to the national park ranger station, ∼8 km from the observatory, after which it would have to be improved for an operation of the magnitude of TMT.
Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing I: Overview
Stability of the center of the beam profile in the muon ranger over time.
Recent Results from the K2K (KEK-to-Kamioka) Neutrino Oscillation Experiment
Figure 2. (top) the horizontal beam profile and (bottom) the vertical beam profile in the muon ranger.
Recent Results from the K2K (KEK-to-Kamioka) Neutrino Oscillation Experiment
This novel understanding of entanglement has implications for a very wide ranger of areas, of which we will mention just a few.
Entanglement without nonlocality