range

Definitions

  • Glass wine bottles unearthed at Jamestown ranging in date from 1640 to 1690. Thousands of fragments of these bottles have been recovered
    Glass wine bottles unearthed at Jamestown ranging in date from 1640 to 1690. Thousands of fragments of these bottles have been recovered
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v range assign a rank or rating to "how would you rank these students?","The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
    • v range let eat "range the animals in the prairie"
    • v range lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line "lay out the clothes","lay out the arguments"
    • v range feed as in a meadow or pasture "the herd was grazing"
    • v range 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"
    • v range range or extend over; occupy a certain area "The plants straddle the entire state"
    • v range 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"
    • v range have a range; be capable of projecting over a certain distance, as of a gun "This gun ranges over two miles"
    • n range 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"
    • n range a kitchen appliance used for cooking food "dinner was already on the stove"
    • n range an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet" "a piano has a greater range than the human voice","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"
    • n range the limit of capability "within the compass of education"
    • n range (mathematics) the set of values of the dependent variable for which a function is defined "the image of f(x) = x^2 is the set of all non-negative real numbers if the domain of the function is the set of all real numbers"
    • n range a variety of different things or activities "he answered a range of questions","he was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection"
    • n range the limits within which something can be effective "range of motion","he was beyond the reach of their fire"
    • n range 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"
    • n range a series of hills or mountains "the valley was between two ranges of hills","the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A few of thousands of clay pipe fragments unearthed at Jamestown. The ones shown range in date from 1600 to 1700. During this 100-year period, pipes developed from small bowls to fairly large ones A few of thousands of clay pipe fragments unearthed at Jamestown. The ones shown range in date from 1600 to 1700....
Kitchen Range and Kitchen Chair Kitchen Range and Kitchen Chair
ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT This animal is really not a goat, but is more nearly related to the antelopes. Range: The higher mountains from Alaska south to California. Group in American Museum of Natural History ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT This animal is really not a goat, but is more nearly related to the antelopes. Range: The higher...
ROADS THROUGH THE ASPENS Range: Northern United States and Canada, south in the Rocky Mountains to Mexico. Photograph by Albert E. Butler ROADS THROUGH THE ASPENS Range: Northern United States and Canada, south in the Rocky Mountains to Mexico. Photograph...
BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a flowering plant of the Pineapple family. Range: In swamps and along rivers from Delaware to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri and southern Indiana. Photograph by G. Clyde Fisher BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a...
GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by...
BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf coast of U. S. and southward. Habitat Group in The American Museum of Natural History BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf...
DUCK HAWKS ON THE PALISADES OF THE HUDSON The "Noble Peregrine" of falconry carrying a pigeon to its young. Range: North and South America. Habitat Group in The American Museum of Natural History DUCK HAWKS ON THE PALISADES OF THE HUDSON The "Noble Peregrine" of falconry carrying a pigeon to its young. Range:...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The range of a medieval long-bow is 220 yards
    • Range A bolting sieve to sift meal.
    • Range A kitchen grate. "He was bid at his first coming to take off the range , and let down the cinders."
    • Range (Gun) A place where shooting, as with cannons or rifles, is practiced.
    • Range A series of things in a line; a row; a rank; as, a range of buildings; a range of mountains.
    • Range A wandering or roving; a going to and fro; an excursion; a ramble; an expedition. "He may take a range all the world over."
    • Range An aggregate of individuals in one rank or degree; an order; a class. "The next range of beings above him are the immaterial intelligences."
    • Range An extended cooking apparatus of cast iron, set in brickwork, and affording conveniences for various ways of cooking; also, a kind of cooking stove.
    • Range Extent or space taken in by anything excursive; compass or extent of excursion; reach; scope; discursive power; as, the range of one's voice, or authority. "Far as creation's ample range extends.""The range and compass of Hammond's knowledge filled the whole circle of the arts.""A man has not enough range of thought."
    • Range In the public land system of the United States, a row or line of townships lying between two successive meridian lines six miles apart.
    • Range (Naut) See Range of cable, below.
    • Range (Gun) Sometimes, less properly, the trajectory of a shot or projectile.
    • Range That which may be ranged over; place or room for excursion; especially, a region of country in which cattle or sheep may wander and pasture.
    • Range (Gun) The horizontal distance to which a shot or other projectile is carried.
    • Range (Biol) The region within which a plant or animal naturally lives.
    • Range The step of a ladder; a rung.
    • Range (Biol) To be native to, or live in, a certain district or region; as, the peba ranges from Texas to Paraguay.
    • Range (Biol) To be native to, or to live in; to frequent.
    • Range To be placed in order; to be ranked; to admit of arrangement or classification; to rank. "And range with humble livers in content."
    • Range To dispose in a classified or in systematic order; to arrange regularly; as, to range plants and animals in genera and species.
    • Range To have a certain direction; to correspond in direction; to be or keep in a corresponding line; to trend or run; -- often followed by with; as, the front of a house ranges with the street; to range along the coast. "Which way the forests range ."
    • Range To have range; to change or differ within limits; to be capable of projecting, or to admit of being projected, especially as to horizontal distance; as, the temperature ranged through seventy degrees Fahrenheit; the gun ranges three miles; the shot ranged four miles.
    • Range To place (as a single individual) among others in a line, row, or order, as in the ranks of an army; -- usually, reflexively and figuratively, (in the sense) to espouse a cause, to join a party, etc. "It would be absurd in me to range myself on the side of the Duke of Bedford and the corresponding society."
    • Range To rove at large; to wander without restraint or direction; to roam. "Like a ranging spaniel that barks at every bird he sees."
    • Range To rove over or through; as, to range the fields. "Teach him to range the ditch, and force the brake."
    • Range To sail or pass in a direction parallel to or near; as, to range the coast.
    • Range To separate into parts; to sift.
    • Range To set in a row, or in rows; to place in a regular line or lines, or in ranks; to dispose in the proper order; to rank; as, to range soldiers in line. "Maccabeus ranged his army by bands."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The width of a tornado can range from less than ten yards to more than a mile.
    • range To make a row or rows of; place in a line or lines; hence, to fix or set in any definite order; dispose with regularity; array: arrange.
    • range To rank or class; place or reckon as being of or belonging to some class, category, party, etc.; fix the relative place or standing of; classify; collocate.
    • range To rank or reckon; consider; count.
    • range To engage; occupy.
    • range To pass over or through the line, course, or extent of; go along or about, especially for some definite purpose; rove over or along: as, to range the forest for game or for poachers; to range a river or the coast in a boat.
    • range To sift; pass through a range or bolting-sieve.
    • range To constitute or be parallel to a line or row; have linear course or direction; be in or form a line: as, a boundary ranging east and west; houses ranging evenly with the street.
    • range To be on a level; agree in class or position; have equal rank or place; rank correspondingly.
    • range To go in a line or course; hence, to rove freely; pass from point to point; make a course or tour; roam; wander.
    • range To move in a definite manner, as for starting game; beat about; of dogs, to run within the proper range.
    • range To have course or direction; extend in movement or location; pass; vary; stretch; spread: as, prices range between wide limits; the plant ranges from Canada to Mexico.
    • range In gunnery, to have range: said of a missile, and denoting length of range and also direction: as, that shot ranged too far, or too much to the right: rarely, of the gun itself.
    • range Synonyms Roam, Rove, etc. See ramble, v.
    • n range A line or row (usually straight or nearly straight); a linear series; a regular sequence; a rank; a chain: used especially of large objects permanently fixed or lying in direct succession to one another, as mountains, trees, buildings, columns, etc.
    • n range Specifically— A line or chain of mountains; a Cordillera: as, to skirt the range; to cross the ranges.
    • n range In United States surveys of public land, one of a series of divisions numbered east or west from the prime meridian of the survey, consisting of townships which are numbered north or south in every division from a base-line. See township.
    • n range In geometry, a series of points lying in one straight line.
    • n range A rank, class, or order; a series of beings or things belonging to the same grade or having like characteristics.
    • n range The extent of any aggregate, congeries, or complex, material or immaterial; array of things or sequences of a specific kind; scope; compass: as, the range of industries in a country; the whole range of events or of history; the range of prices or of operations; the range of one's thoughts or learning.
    • n range Extent of operating force or activity; scope or compass of efficient action; space or distance over or through which energy can be exerted; limit of effect or of capability; extent of reach: as, the range of a gun or a shot; the range of a thermometer or a barometer (the extent of its variation in any period, or of its capacity for marking degrees of change); the range of a singer or of a musical instrument. Range in shooting is the horizontal distance to which a projectile is or may be thrown by a gun or other arm under existing conditions: distinguished from trajectory, or the curvilinear distance traversed by the projectile when the arm is elevated out of a horizontal line. The effective range depends upon the amount or the absence of elevation and the consequent trajectory. (Compare point-blank.) To get the range of a point to be fired at is to ascertain, either by calculation or by experiment, or by both, the degree of elevation for the muzzle of the piece necessary to bring the shot to bear upon it.
    • n range Unobstructed distance or interval from one point or object to another; length of course for free direct ranging through the air, as of a missile or of sight; a right line of aim or of observation, absolute or relative: as, the range is too great for effective firing; the range of vision.
    • n range The act of ranging; a wandering or roving; movement from point to point in space.
    • n range An area or course of ranging, either in space or in time; an expanse for movement or existence; the region, sphere, or space over which any being or thing ranges or is distributed: as, the range of an animal or a plant within geographical limits or during geological time, or of a marine animal in depth; the range of Gothic architecture; the range of a man's influence.
    • n range Specifically— A tract or district of land within which domestic animals in large numbers range for subsistence; an extensive grazing-ground: used on the great plains of the United States for a tract commonly of many square miles, occupied by one or by different proprietors, and distinctively called a cattle-, stock-, or sheep-range. The animals on a range are usually left to take care of themselves during the whole year without shelter, excepting when periodically gathered in a “round-up” for counting and selection, and for branding when the herds of several proprietors run together. In severe winters many are lost by such exposure.
    • n range A course for shooting at marks or targets; a space of ground appropriated or laid out for practice in the use of firearms: distinctively called a rifle-range or shooting-range.
    • n range A fire-grate.
    • n range A cooking-stove built into a fireplace, or sometimes portable but of a similar shape, having a row or rows of openings on the top for carrying on several operations at once. Fixed ranges usually have two ovens, either on each side of the fire-chamber or above it at the back, and in houses supplied with running water a hot-water reservoir or permanent boiler. The origin of the modern cooking-range may be sought in the furnaces of masonry of the ancient Romans, arranged to receive cooking-utensils on the top. Throughout the middle ages only open-chimney fires were used, until in France, in the course of the fourteenth century, built furnaces with openings above for pots began to be added in great kitchens, for convenience in preparing the soups and sauces then in greater favor than before. The range in the modern sense, involving the application of heat conducted by and reflected from iron plates, was first advanced and practically improved by Count Rumford.
    • n range A step of a ladder; a round; a rung.
    • n range Nautical: A large cleat with two arms or branches, bolted in the waist of ships to belay the tacks and sheets to.
    • n range A certain quantity of cable hauled up on deck from the chain-locker, of a length slightly greater than the depth of water, in order that the anchor, when let go, may reach the bottom without being checked.
    • n range In shoemaking, a strip cut from a butt or side of sole-leather.
    • n range A bolting-sieve for meal.
    • n range Synonyms Line, tier, file.
    • n range Sweep, reach.
    • n range In heraldry, arranged in order: said of small bearings set in a row fessewise, or the like. The epithet is not often needed: thus, “six mullets in bend or bendwise” is sufficient without the use of the expression “rangé in bend.”
    • range Nautical, to sail parallel to: as, to range the coast.
    • range To find the range; determine the range.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An adult esophagus can range from 10 to 14 inches in length and is one inch in diameter
    • v.t Range rānj to rank or set in a row: to place in proper order: to rove or pass over: to sail in a direction parallel to
    • v.i Range to be placed in order: to lie in a particular direction: to have range or direction: to rove at large: to beat about, as for game: to sail or pass near: to be on a level: to extend
    • n Range a row or rank: a class or order: a wandering: room for passing to and fro: space occupied by anything moving: capacity of mind: extent of acquirements: the horizontal distance to which a shot is carried: a space through which a body moves, as the range of a thermometer: the long cooking-stove of a kitchen: a fire-grate
    • adj Range (her.) arranged in order, said of small bearings set in a row fessewise
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Quotations

  • Cullen Hightower
    Cullen Hightower
    “Saying what we think gives a wider range of conversation than saying what we know.”
  • Dr. Jerome Brunner
    Dr. Jerome Brunner
    “We are only now on the threshold of knowing the range of the educability of man-the perfectibility of man. We have never addressed ourselves to this problem before.”
  • Paul Cook
    Paul Cook
    “You need to have enough immediate profits that you can finance the long-range growth without diluting the stock.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The only way to reach your long range goals is through achieving your short range objectives.”
  • Doug Evelyn
    Doug Evelyn
    “Long-range planning works best in the short term”
  • Frederick (Carl) Frieseke
    Frederick (Carl) Frieseke
    “Your range of available choices -- right now -- is limitless.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. rengen, OF. rengier, F. ranger, OF. renc, row, rank, F. rang,; of German origin. See Rank (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ranger, to range—rang, a rank.

Usage

In literature:

Threats rang behind him.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
In the west this great rampart is known as the Zanskar range.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
I backed the Sylvania on the stern line to clear her from the wharf, and then rang to go ahead.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
Didn't bears get after a flock on one of the ranges and didn't the whole lot of scared creatures start running?
"The Story of Wool" by Sara Ware Bassett
Mountain-ranges are also valuable for their contents.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Wahb found his new range fairly good, because it was a good nut year.
"The Biography of a Grizzly" by Ernest Thompson Seton
It was the corporal who urgently rang up his chiefs.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
Captain Scott rang the gong in the engine-room, and the screw of the Maud immediately ceased to revolve.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
I'd give something to have him within range of buckshot.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Mornings when she would arise with the dawn she would find Vickers gone to visit some distant part of the range.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The valley was perhaps half a mile broad, and wound away upward into a bald range of mountains in the distance.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Willow Range was now one of the largest farms between Winnipeg and the Rockies.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
They believed the range might yet show a rift at this end which their wagons could traverse.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
This was our range; it was the best range in the country.
"The Duke Of Chimney Butte" by G. W. Ogden
Its annual range of temperature is very slight.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
The range is still apparent until its rocky cliffs fall into the Black Sea.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
From it again there shoot away at right angles, one on each side, the ranges of the Dar-alagoz and Bergushet.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
Many small mountain ranges rise from the plateau and break the continuity of the rolling table-land.
"The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacán, México" by William E. Duellman
Then they howled out a wild duet that rang over the wastes of sea.
"Last Words" by Stephen Crane
Rapid Fire: Range 15, 25, and 50 yards; two scores at each range.
"Pistol and Revolver Shooting" by A. L. A. Himmelwright
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In poetry:

Forest and desert
Aching and vast,
Rivers unforded,
Ranges unpassed —
"Islands" by Cicely Fox Smith
'Neath a giant tent
Of the heavens blue,
Stretch the verdant Steppes;
Range beyond the view.
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
Her tears then ceased to flow,
Her wails no longer rang,
And tuneful in her woe
The prisoned maiden sang:
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
To ask who rang the parting knell?
If Vestris came the solemn dirge to hear?
Genius of Valoüy, didst thou hover near?
Shade of Lepicq! and spirit of Gondel!
"Elegy On The Abrogation Of The Birth-Night Ball, And The Consequent Final Subversion Of The Minuet" by Joanna Baillie
Five talents, all of Ophir's purest gold,
These five fair caskets ranged before thee hold;
The first can show a few poor shekels' gain,
The rest unchanged remain.
"But One Talent" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The trumpets were calling me over the Range,
And I was a youth and was strong for the strife;
And I was full fain for the new and the strange,
And mad for the tumult of life.
"The Trumpets" by Sam Walter Foss

In news:

Gun range to serve booze.
The owners of a Georgia gun shop are building a new shooting range that will feature a bar.
There are not many things more annoying than being hit on at a shooting range, or being offered help shooting "that cute little gun".
Extreme, unfounded worry that can interfere with sleep is usually accompanied by body symptoms ranging from tiredness to headaches to nausea.
Dellacona was one of the Red Raiders' top hurlers, with speeds in the 90 mph range.
Balsam Range Will Stop By This Weekend On Goin' Across The Mountain.
The line is an updated take on traditional '60s and '70s silhouettes, ranging from preppie designs to wraps, aviators and oversized and shield-like shapes.
Day's range 7.82 - 8.04.
Looking for a wide range of antique furniture.
Wayne first heard the owl (Strix varia) calling and wondered if he could get it into camera range.
Those watering holes have ranged from the cheerful ("Cheers") to the skeevy ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") TBS' newest workplace sitcom, "Sullivan & Son," plops us down somewhere in the middle.
Bailey-Shah bartered the analyzer for some needed parts and labor on Eyres' Range Rover.
Blackfoot Challenge Sponsors Meeting to Discuss FWP Plan for Game Range.
MOSCOW (AP) — Sarah Brightman's voice, beloved by audiences and renowned for its three-octave range, rocketed to fame more than two decades ago as the heroine of The Phantom of the Opera.
After weeks of preparation, as well as warnings and condemnation from the international community, North Korea is ready to launch a long-range rocket.
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In science:

The only restrictive constraint is condition (iv), the ∆V /2 criterion, but even this seems to have only selected models with a certain range in average density from amongst a much larger range of models.
Halo Mass Profiles and Low Surface Brightness Galaxies Rotation Curves
The larger range in slopes is larger than in Fig. 3 due to the larger range in core-radii used.
Halo Mass Profiles and Low Surface Brightness Galaxies Rotation Curves
The kernel is generated by the relations p⊗1 = 1⊗[(valrv (p), ∞)] and 1⊗a = valrv In the statement of the theorem, p ranges over definable points of RES (actually one value suffices), and a ranges over definable points of Γ.
Integration in valued fields
The mass range to discover the standard model Higgs at the LHC ranges from the upper limit of direct searches at LEP, namely 114.4 GeV/c2 to approximately 1 TeV/c2 .
The CMS High Level Trigger
For ADD models there is a continuum of graviton mass states over the whole energy range, while in case of the RS models a series of resonances is expected with the flrst one in the TeV mass range.
The CMS High Level Trigger
Using this algorithm and three specific ansatzes for the Hubble parameter H (z) (consistent with the supernova observations), we reconstruct F (X ) in the redshift range between z = 0 and z = 1.7 which is the current range for the supernova data.
Reconstructing K-essence
Characteristically, the galaxy luminosities lie in the range 1.0 − 1.2 × 1013 L⊙ , with dust temperatures in the range of 40 K to 70 K, depending on the choice of spectral index and wavelength of unit optical depth.
The Bolocam 1.1 mm Lockman Hole Galaxy Survey: SHARC II 350 micron Photometry and Implications for Spectral Models, Dust Temperatures, and Redshift Estimation
Next we establish some sharp exponential estimates for the range and intersection of ranges.
Moderate deviations for the range of planar random walks
We shall consider here only the stability index in the range (1, 2), although as will be shown later, results obtained in this range seem to be valid also for µ = 1.
Random Levy Matrices Revisited
When the range becomes shorter than the size of the ob ject sourcing the field, then only a “thin shell” of the ob ject of thickness equal to the effective range of the force acts as a source for the field.
New Regions for a Chameleon to Hide
We may assume short-range and longer-range autocorrelations.
On a Possible Indicator of Homogeneity of the Universe
We have performed such an analysis for various c values in the range 3 ≤ c ≤ 30 and various y values ranging from y = 0 to y = 5.
Message passing for vertex covers
Adding up over all j in this range gives that the probability of failure in this range is o(n−3 ).
The Rank of Random Graphs
In addition, there are strong correlations among the cosmological parameters and among the redshift bins, and the error shapes of w(z ) may have some artefacts if not used in a realistic redshift range (i.e., the range probed by data).
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
This would allow the existence of absolutely stable thin black rings for moderate values of j , perhaps within a range roughly coincident with the range where non-uniqueness happens.
Dynamics and Stability of Black Rings
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