American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The range of one's perceptions, thoughts, or actions.
- n. Breadth or opportunity to function. See Synonyms at room.
- n. The area covered by a given activity or subject. See Synonyms at range.
- n. The length or sweep of a mooring cable.
- n. Informal A viewing instrument such as a periscope, microscope, or telescope.
- v. Slang To examine or investigate. Often used with out: "Their World Wide Web site is, for now, the best place to scope out the future of the media business in cyberspace.” ( Marc Gunther).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete or dialectal form of scoop. Halliwell.
- n. A bundle, as of twigs.
- n. A mark to shoot at; a target.
- n. That which is aimed at; end or aim kept or to be kept in view; that which is to be reached or accomplished; ultimate design, aim, or purpose; intention.
- n. Outlook; intellectual range or view: as, a mind of wide scope.
- n. Room for free outlook or aim; range or field of free observation or action; room; space.
- n. Extent; length; sweep; (nautical) length of cable or anchor-chain at which a vessel rides when at anchor: as, scope of cable.
- n. A wide tract.
- n. A liberty; a license enjoyed; hence, an act of riot or excess.
- An obsolete form of scoup.
- n. The breadth, depth or reach of a subject; a domain.
- n. a device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target
- n. computing The region of program source in which an identifier is meaningful.
- n. logic The shortest sub-wff of which a given instance of a logical connective is a part of.
- n. slang Shortened form of periscope, telescope, microscope or oscilloscope.
- v. To perform a cursory investigation, as to scope out.
- v. slang To perform arthroscopic surgery.
- v. slang To examine under a microscope.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That at which one aims; the thing or end to which the mind directs its view; that which is purposed to be reached or accomplished; hence, ultimate design, aim, or purpose; intention; drift; object.
- n. Room or opportunity for free outlook or aim; space for action; amplitude of opportunity; free course or vent; liberty; range of view, intent, or action.
- n. obsolete Extended area.
- n. Length; extent; sweep.
- n. the state of the environment in which a situation exists
- n. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
- n. a magnifier of images of distant objects
- n. electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities
- Italian scopo, aim, purpose, from Greek skopos, target, aim. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I could give many other illustrations of the narrow scope of this Method of Accidents, though _genuine within that scope_, and how, in _all_ cases, by the Synthetic Method we can find in the facts _to be remembered_ the means of their recollection.”
“Also noteworthy, but a little more limited in scope, is Waid and Barry Kitson's JLA: Year One miniseries, which featured a team-up with the Doom Patrol and incorporated other Silver Age stalwarts like the Challengers of the Unknown and the Blackhawks.”
“That "acceptable femininity" has expanded in scope is unquestionably a good thing, and while we're not there yet, one can see the day coming when girls are considered girls simply for being girls, no matter their dress, interests, hair length, or sexual orientation.”
“Sometimes the term scope is used to mean the totality of work needed to complete a project.”
“I can do ok with Fiber Optic sights out to 100 or so yds but beyond the scope is a must.”
“Dad has a kahles 7x56 on his model 70 heavy varmint in .308. the scope is an absolute beauty. heavy post but narrows to a think cross hair.”
“He builds each one to fit a particular rifle, and they are constructed so that the scope is almost entirely encased by the steel rings and bases.”
“Blurb-writers are exactly right, the scope is ambitious.”
“That'll make sure the scope is aligned with the gadget.”
“A boresighter, or collimator, can save you untoldanguish by showing you where your scope is aiming, as opposed to where youthink it's aiming.”
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