from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive 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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. The region of program source in which an identifier is meaningful.
  • n. The shortest sub-wff of which a given instance of a logical connective is a part of.
  • n. Shortened form of periscope, telescope, microscope or oscilloscope.
  • v. To perform a cursory investigation, as to scope out.
  • v. To perform arthroscopic surgery.
  • v. To examine under a microscope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. Extended area.
  • n. Length; extent; sweep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete form of scoup.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)



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