• Maximum distance of capability (of a weapon, radio, detector, fuel supply, etc.).

    "This missile's range is 500 kilometres."

  • (mathematics) The set of values (points) which a function can obtain.
  • (music) The scale of all the tones a voice or an instrument can produce.
  • An aggregate of individuals in one rank or degree; an order; a class.
  • A line or series of mountains, buildings, etc.
  • A wandering or roving; a going to and fro; an excursion; a ramble; an expedition.
  • An area for practicing shooting at targets.
  • The distance from a person or sensor to an object, target, emanation, or event.

    "One can use the speed of sound to estimate the range of a lightning flash."

  • Extent or space taken in by anything excursive; compass or extent of excursion; reach; scope.
  • (sports, baseball) The defensive area that a player can cover.

    "Jones has good range for a big man."

  • (programming) A sequential list of iterators that are specified by a beginning and ending iterator.


  • (obsolete, Britain, dialect) A bolting sieve to sift meal.
  • Selection, array.

    "We sell a wide range of cars."

  • The scope of something, the extent which something covers or includes.
  • The distance from a person or sensor to an object, target, emanation, or event.

    "We could see the ship at a range of five miles."

  • An area of open, often unfenced, grazing land.
  • (statistics) The length of the smallest interval which contains all the data in a sample; the difference between the largest and smallest observations in the sample.
  • (ecology) The geographical area or zone where a species is normally naturally found.
  • (obsolete) The step of a ladder; a rung.
  • A fireplace; a fire or other cooking apparatus; now specifically, a large cooking stove with many hotplates.
  • (US, historical) In the public land system, a row or line of townships lying between two succession meridian lines six miles apart.
  • An area for military training or equipment testing.


  • (transitive) To rove over or through.

    "to range the fields"

  • (intransitive, 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."

  • (intransitive) To be placed in order; to be ranked; to admit of arrangement or classification; to rank.
  • (biology) To be native to, or live in, a certain district or region.

    "The peba ranges from Texas to Paraguay."

  • (baseball) Of a player, to travel a significant distance for a defensive play.
  • (intransitive) To travel over (an area, etc); to roam, wander. [from 15th c.]
  • (transitive) To bring (something) into a specified position or relationship (especially, of opposition) with something else. [from 16th c.]
  • (intransitive) To form a line or a row.

    "The front of a house ranges with the street."

  • (transitive) To place among others in a line, row, or order, as in the ranks of an army; usually, reflexively and figuratively, to espouse a cause, to join a party, etc.
  • To sail or pass in a direction parallel to or near.

    "to range the coast"

  • (obsolete, intransitive) To exercise the power of something over something else; to cause to submit to, over. [16th-19th c.]
  • (transitive) To classify.

    "to range plants and animals in genera and species"

  • (transitive) 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 separate into parts; to sift.

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