What does range mean?

Definitions for range

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word range.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scope, range, reach, orbit, compass, ambitnoun

    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"

  2. range, reachnoun

    the limits within which something can be effective

    "range of motion"; "he was beyond the reach of their fire"

  3. rangenoun

    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"

  4. range, mountain range, range of mountains, chain, mountain chain, chain of mountainsnoun

    a series of hills or mountains

    "the valley was between two ranges of hills"; "the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"

  5. rangenoun

    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"

  6. rangenoun

    a variety of different things or activities

    "he answered a range of questions"; "he was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection"

  7. image, range, range of a functionnoun

    (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"

  8. compass, range, reach, graspnoun

    the limit of capability

    "within the compass of education"

  9. stove, kitchen stove, range, kitchen range, cooking stoveverb

    a kitchen appliance used for cooking food

    "dinner was already on the stove"

  10. range, runverb

    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"

  11. roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabondverb

    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"

  12. rangeverb

    have a range; be capable of projecting over a certain distance, as of a gun

    "This gun ranges over two miles"

  13. range, straddleverb

    range or extend over; occupy a certain area

    "The plants straddle the entire state"

  14. range, array, lay out, set outverb

    lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line

    "lay out the clothes"; "lay out the arguments"

  15. crop, browse, graze, range, pastureverb

    feed as in a meadow or pasture

    "the herd was grazing"

  16. rangeverb

    let eat

    "range the animals in the prairie"

  17. rate, rank, range, order, grade, placeverb

    assign a rank or rating to

    "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"


  1. rangenoun

    Line or series of mountains

  2. rangenoun

    A fireplace; a fire or other cooking apparatus; now specifically, a large cooking stove with many hotplates

  3. rangenoun

    Selection, array. Eg: A range of cars

  4. rangenoun

    An area for practicing shooting at targets

  5. rangenoun

    An area for military training or equipment testing

  6. rangenoun

    The distance from a person or sensor to an object, target, emanation, or event

  7. rangenoun

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

    This missile's range is 500 kilometres.

  8. rangenoun

    An area of open, often unfenced, grazing land

  9. rangenoun

    The set of values (points) which a function can obtain

  10. rangeverb

    To travel over (an area, etc); to roam, wander.

  11. rangeverb

    To exercise the power of something over something else; to cause to submit to, over.

  12. rangeverb

    To bring (something) into a specified position or relationship (especially, of opposition) with something else.

  13. rangeverb

    (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.

  14. rangeverb

    to classify

  15. rangenoun

    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

  16. rangenoun

    The defensive area that a player can cover

    Jones has good range for a big man.

  17. rangenoun

    The scale of all the tones a voice or an instrument can produce.

  18. rangenoun

    The geographical area or zone where a species is normally naturally found

  19. rangenoun

    A sequential list of iterators that are specified by a beginning and ending iterator

    calls the given function on each value in the input range.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rangenoun

    Etymology: rangée, Fr. from the verb.

    You fled
    From that great face of war, whose several ranges
    Frighted each other. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

    The light, which passed through its several interstices, painted so many ranges of colours, which were parallel and contiguous, and without any mixture of white. Newton.

    From this walk you have a full view of a huge range of mountains, that lie in the country of the Grisons. Addison.

    These ranges of barren mountains, by condensing the vapours and producing rains, fountains and rivers, give the very plains that fertility they boast of. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    The next range of beings above him are the immaterial intelligences, the next below him is the sensible nature. Matthew Hale.

    He may take a range all the world over, and draw in all that wide circumference of sin and vice, and center it in his own breast. Robert South, Sermons.

    A man has not enough range of thought, to look out for any good which does not relate to his own interest. Addison.

    Far as creation’s ample range extends,
    The scale of sensual mental pow’rs ascends. Alexander Pope.

    Judge we by nature? habit can efface;
    Affections? they still take a wider range. Alexander Pope.

    The liturgy, practised in England, would kindle that jealousy, as the prologue to that design, and as the first range of that ladder, which should serve to mount over all their customs. Edward Hyde.

    Its door forth right to him did open,
    Therein an hundred ranges weren pight,
    And hundred furnaces all burning bright. Fairy Queen.

    It was a vault ybuilt for great dispence,
    With many ranges rear’d along the wall,
    And one great chimney. Fairy Queen.

    The buttery must be visible, and we need for our ranges, a more spacious and luminous kitchen. Henry Wotton, Architect.

    The implements of the kitchen are spits, ranges, cobirons and pots. Francis Bacon, Physical Remains.

    He was bid at his first coming to take off the range, and let down the cinders. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To RANGEverb

    Etymology: ranger, Fr. rhenge, Welsh.

    Maccabeus ranged his army by bands, and went against Timotheus. 2 Mac. xii. 20.

    He saw not the marquis till the battle was ranged. Edward Hyde.

    Somewhat rais’d
    By false presumptuous hope, the ranged pow’rs
    Disband, and wand’ring each his several way
    Pursues. John Milton.

    Men, from the qualities they find united in them, and wherein they observe several individuals to agree, range them into sorts for the convenience of comprehensive signs. John Locke.

    A certain form and order, in which we have long accustomed ourselves to range our ideas, may be best for us now, though not originally best in itself. Isaac Watts.

    To the copse thy lesser spaniel take,
    Teach him to range the ditch and force the brake. John Gay.

  3. To Rangeverb

    Cæsar’s spirit ranging for revenge,
    With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
    Shall in these confines, with a monarch’s voice,
    Cry havock, and let slip the dogs of war. William Shakespeare.

    ’Tis better to be lowly born,
    And range with humble livers in content,
    Than to be perk’d up in a glist’ring grief,
    And wear a golden sorrow. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    I saw him in the battle range about;
    And watch’d him, how he singled Clifford forth. William Shakespeare.

    As a roaring lion and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people. Prov. xxviii. 15.

    Other animals unactive range,
    And of their doings God takes no account. John Milton.

    Thanks to my stars, I have not rang’d about
    The wilds of life, e’re I could find a friend. Addison.

    That is the way to lay the city flat,
    To bring the roof to the foundation,
    And bury all which yet distinctly ranges
    In heaps of ruin. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.


  1. range

    Range can be defined as the set of all possible values or outcomes in a given data set or situation. It is commonly used in statistics and mathematics to describe the difference between the largest and smallest values in a set of numbers. In other words, range represents the extent or spread of the data.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rangenoun

    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

  2. Rangenoun

    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

  3. Rangenoun

    to separate into parts; to sift

  4. Rangenoun

    to dispose in a classified or in systematic order; to arrange regularly; as, to range plants and animals in genera and species

  5. Rangenoun

    to rove over or through; as, to range the fields

  6. Rangenoun

    to sail or pass in a direction parallel to or near; as, to range the coast

  7. Rangenoun

    to be native to, or to live in; to frequent

  8. Rangeverb

    to rove at large; to wander without restraint or direction; to roam

  9. Rangeverb

    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

  10. Rangeverb

    to be placed in order; to be ranked; to admit of arrangement or classification; to rank

  11. Rangeverb

    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

  12. Rangeverb

    to be native to, or live in, a certain district or region; as, the peba ranges from Texas to Paraguay

  13. Range

    a series of things in a line; a row; a rank; as, a range of buildings; a range of mountains

  14. Range

    an aggregate of individuals in one rank or degree; an order; a class

  15. Range

    the step of a ladder; a rung

  16. Range

    a kitchen grate

  17. 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

  18. Range

    a bolting sieve to sift meal

  19. Range

    a wandering or roving; a going to and fro; an excursion; a ramble; an expedition

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. Range

    the region within which a plant or animal naturally lives

  23. Range

    the horizontal distance to which a shot or other projectile is carried

  24. Range

    sometimes, less properly, the trajectory of a shot or projectile

  25. Range

    a place where shooting, as with cannons or rifles, is practiced

  26. 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

  27. Range

    see Range of cable, below

  28. Etymology: [OE. rengen, OF. rengier, F. ranger, OF. renc row, rank, F. rang; of German origin. See Rank, n.]


  1. Range

    In mathematics, the range of a function refers to either the codomain or the image of the function, depending upon usage. The codomain is a set containing the function's outputs, whereas the image is the part of the codomain which consists only of the function's outputs. For example, the function is often described as a function from the real numbers to the real numbers, meaning that its codomain is the set of real numbers R, but its image is the set of non-negative real numbers, as is never negative if is real. Some books use the term range to indicate the codomain R. These books call the actual output of the function the image. This is the current usage for range in computer science. Other books use the term range to indicate the image, that is the non-negative real numbers. In this case, the larger set containing the range is called the codomain. This usage is more common in modern mathematics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Range

    rānj, v.t. 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. 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. 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. Rangé (her.), arranged in order, said of small bearings set in a row fessewise.—n. Range′-find′er, an instrument for determining the range of an object by sight.—n.pl. Range′-lights, lights placed in line, usually at or near a lighthouse, so as to direct the course of a ship through a channel: lights on board ship so placed as to give a ready indication of changes of course to other vessels.—n. Rang′er, a rover: a dog that beats the ground: an officer who superintends a forest or park.—n.pl. Rang′ers, a body of mounted troops: a name sometimes taken by clubs of football players, &c.—ns. Rang′ership; Range′-stove, a portable cooking-range.—adj. Ran′gy, disposed to roam: roomy. [Fr. ranger, to range—rang, a rank.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. range

    1. The distance between any given point and an object or target. 2. Extent or distance limiting the operation or action of something, such as the range of an aircraft, ship, or gun. 3. The distance that can be covered over a hard surface by a ground vehicle, with its rated payload, using the fuel in its tank and its cans normally carried as part of the ground vehicle equipment. 4. Area equipped for practice in shooting at targets. In this meaning, also called target range.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. range

    Placed in a line or row; a term hydrographically applied to hills, as "the coast-range." Also, galley-range, or fire-grate.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. range

    In artillery, is the horizontal distance from the muzzle of the piece to the first graze of the projectile. The extreme range is the distance from the muzzle to where the projectile finally rests. The range of a projectile may be extended without increasing the charge of powder, in the modes, viz.: 1st, by raising the piece to a higher level; 2d, by giving its axis greater elevation; 3d, by eccentric projectiles. Experiments have shown that if the centre of gravity be placed directly above the centre of figure, the range is greatly increased. The range increases with the angle of fire up to a certain limit, beyond which it diminishes. The greatest range in vacuo is at an angle of 45°. A mortar is usually fired at an angle of 45°, and the charge is varied according to the range required. Mortars are sometimes fired at an angle of 60°, when the battery is situated very near the object assailed, and it is desired that the shells may fall upon the magazines of the besieged. It is evident that the higher projectiles are thrown, the greater the velocity they acquire in falling; besides, they strike the object more directly and with increased violence. Stone-mortars were sometimes fired at an angle of 75°, that, in falling from a great height, the stone might have the maximum force of percussion. Grenades should be thrown from mortars at an angle of 33°; otherwise they will be buried in the earth, and their fragments will not be sufficiently destructive. For tables of ranges, see Roberts’s “Hand-book of Artillery.”

Editors Contribution

  1. range

    The amount of ability or capability.

    The range of products was simple and enough to meet the need.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RANGE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Range is ranked #9794 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Range surname appeared 3,306 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Range.

    56.2% or 1,858 total occurrences were White.
    33.8% or 1,120 total occurrences were Black.
    4.5% or 151 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.5% or 85 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.5% or 85 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.2% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'range' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #452

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'range' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1227

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'range' in Nouns Frequency: #177

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'range' in Verbs Frequency: #527

Anagrams for range »

  1. anger

  2. Nager

  3. Negar

  4. Regan

  5. regna

  6. renga

  7. areng

  8. grane

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of range in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of range in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of range in a Sentence

  1. Tai Wong:

    Gold is likely to hold in the new range of $1,760-$1,810 until we get another clear market driver. We may need to wait for the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) and see if there’s a change in tone as well as how the next round of Treasury auctions go, but overall bonds feel in demand.

  2. John Shrewsberry:

    It's a range of things that have been part of our public disclosures the past few years.

  3. Susan Rice:

    We will work with our international partners to sideline those who stand in the way of peace, drawing upon the full range of our multilateral and bilateral tools.

  4. Tim Cahill:

    When The MHTK makes impact with the incoming round, The MHTK causes the threat to explode. But unlike THAAD, which can destroy missiles carrying nuclear warheads, The MHTK is designed to destroy mortars, rockets, artillery and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The U.S. Army and international customers have made it clear today's global security environment demands agile, close-range solutions.

  5. Joel Crawford:

    That was one of our big goals – let’s take our audience on a journey that expresses the full range of emotions of life.

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Translations for range

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  • نطاقArabic
  • střelnice, obor hodnotCzech
  • Herd, Spanne, Palette, Abstand, Weide, Weite, Wertevorrat, Interval, Größenordnung, Gebirgskette, Gebirge, Gebirgszug, Auswahl, Sortiment, Übungsplatz, Schießstand, Entfernung, Reichweite, Zielmenge, Strecke, Bereich, UmfangGerman
  • βεληνεκέςGreek
  • montaro, gamo, atingopovoEsperanto
  • sierra, cordillera, distancia, escala, intervalo, gama, rango, autonomía, hornillo, alcance, estufa, dehesa, campo de tiro, extensiónSpanish
  • muutumispiirkondEstonian
  • liesi, ampumarata, etäisyys, kantama, laidun, arvojoukko, peittoalue, vaihteluväli, väli, vuorijono, valikoima, joukko, rata, harjoitusalue, välimatka, laidunmaa, ääniala, levinneisyysalue, vuoristo, peittoFinnish
  • ensemble d'arrivée, habitat, naturel, cuisinière, sélection, champ, champ de tir, portée, prairie, image, gamme, chaîne, terrain, distance, rayonFrench
  • sornIrish
  • jarakIndonesian
  • myndmengi, myndIcelandic
  • campo, prateria, gamma, habitat, campo di variazione, catena, stufa a legna, varietà, poligono di tiro, distanza, portata, raggio, registro, distesa, immagine, ambiente naturale, estensione, fornello, assortimentoItalian
  • 範囲Japanese
  • მთაგრეხილიGeorgian
  • tauriparipaMāori
  • oefenterrein, afstand, bereik, spreiding, fornuis, verspreidingsgebied, bergketenDutch
  • områdeNorwegian
  • piec, kuchenka, gama, strzelnica, pasmo górskie, wybór, pastwiskoPolish
  • serra, imagem, cordilheira, gama, alcancePortuguese
  • [[горный, ассортимент, дальность, полигон, дальнобойность, пастбище, [[область]] [[распространение, разбро́с, диапазон, ареал, [[горный]] [[хребет]], плита, ряд, стрельбище, досягаемость, тир, область, множествоRussian
  • räckvidd, bergskedja, urval, skjutbana, värdemängdSwedish
  • masafaSwahili
  • పరిధిTelugu
  • Değer kümesiTurkish

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    the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
    A aspiration
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