What does scope mean?

Definitions for scope

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

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. setting, background, scopenoun

    the state of the environment in which a situation exists

    "you can't do that in a university setting"

  3. telescope, scopenoun

    a magnifier of images of distant objects

  4. oscilloscope, scope, cathode-ray oscilloscope, CROnoun

    electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities


  1. scopenoun

    The breadth, depth or reach of a subject; a domain.

  2. scopenoun

    a device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target

  3. scopenoun

    The region of program source in which an identifier is meaningful.

  4. scopenoun

    The shortest sub-wff of which a given instance of a logical connective is a part of.

  5. scopenoun

    Shortened form of periscope, telescope, microscope or oscilloscope.

  6. scopeverb

    To perform a cursory investigation, as to scope out.

  7. scopeverb

    To perform arthroscopic surgery.

    The surgeon will scope the football player's knee to repair damage to a ligament.

  8. scopeverb

    To examine under a microscope.

    The entomologist explained that he could not tell what species of springtail we were looking at without scoping it.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scopenoun

    Etymology: scopus, Latin.

    Your scope is as mine own,
    So to inforce or qualify the laws,
    As to your soul seems good. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Measure.

    His coming hither hath no farther scope
    Than for his lineal royalties, and to beg
    Infranchisement immediate on his knees. William Shakespeare, R. II.

    Had the whole scope of the author been answerable to his title, he would have only undertaken to prove what every man is convinced of; but the drift of the pamphlet is to stir up our compassion towards the rebels. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    The scope of all their pleading against man’s authority is to overthrow such laws and constitutions in the church, as depending thereupon, if they should therefore be taken away, would leave neither face nor memory of church to continue long in the world. Richard Hooker.

    Now was time
    To aim their counsels to the fairest scope. Hubberd’s Tale.

    We should impute the war to the scope at which it aimeth. Walter Raleigh.

    He, in what he counsels, and in what excels,
    Mistrustful, grounds his courage on despair,
    And utter dissolution, as the scope
    Of all his aim. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    An heroick poet is not tied to a bare representation of what is true, but that he might let himself loose to visionary objects, which may give him a freer scope for imagination. Dryden.

    These theorems being admitted into opticks, there would be scope enough of handling that science voluminously, after a new manner; not only by teaching those things which tend to the perfection of vision, but also by determining mathematically all kinds of phenomena of colours which could be produced by refraction. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    If this constrain them to grant that their axiom is not to take any place, save in those things only where the church hath larger scope, it resteth that they search out some stronger reason. Richard Hooker.

    Ah, cut my lace asunder,
    That my pent heart may have some scope to beat,
    Or else I swoon with this dead killing news. William Shakespeare.

    Sith ’twas my fault to give the people scope,
    ’Twould be my tyranny to strike and gall them,
    For what I bid them do. William Shakespeare.

    Being moody, give him line and scope,
    ’Till that his passions, like a whale on ground,
    Confound themselves with working. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    As surfeit is the father of much fast,
    So every scope, by the immoderate use,
    Turns to restraint. William Shakespeare.

    The scopes of land granted to the first adventurers were too large, and the liberties and royalties were too great for subjects. John Davies, on Ireland.


  1. scope

    Scope refers to the extent or range of activity, operation, examination, capacity, or influence something can have. In different contexts, it could refer to the boundaries or areas covered in a project, research, study, policy, plan, etc. It includes everything that needs to be done to achieve a particular goal or objective.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scopenoun

    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

  2. Scopenoun

    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

  3. Scopenoun

    extended area

  4. Scopenoun

    length; extent; sweep; as, scope of cable

  5. Scopeverb

    to look at for the purpose of evaluation; usually with out; as, to scope out the area as a camping site

  6. Etymology: [It. scopo, L. scopos a mark, aim, Gr. skopo`s, a watcher, mark, aim; akin to , to view, and perh. to E. spy. Cf. Skeptic, Bishop.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scope

    skōp, n. that which one sees, space as far as one can see: room or opportunity for free outlook: space for action: the end before the mind: intention: length of cable at which a vessel rides at liberty: a target.—adjs. Scope′ful, with a wide prospect; Scope′less, purposeless, useless. [It. scopo—Gr. skoposskopein, to view.]

  2. Scope

    skōp, n. (obs.) a bundle, as of twigs. [L. scopa, twigs.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. scope

    The riding scope of a vessel's cable should be at least three times the depth of water under her, but it must vary with the amount of wind and nature of the bottom.

Rap Dictionary

  1. scopeverb

    Look at something. "Scope that bitch"

  2. scopeverb

    Stare down someone.

  3. scopeverb

    Telesopic sight, as on a sniper rifle

Editors Contribution

  1. scope

    A range of activity.

    The scope of works was simple, easy and fun.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 10, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SCOPE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Scope is ranked #120901 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Scope surname appeared 143 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Scope.

    54.5% or 78 total occurrences were White.
    35.6% or 51 total occurrences were Black.
    7.6% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scope' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2922

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scope' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4189

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scope' in Nouns Frequency: #1256

Anagrams for scope »

  1. copes

  2. copse

  3. pecos

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scope in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scope in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of scope in a Sentence

  1. Joseph de Maistre:

    In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author; vision is confined, means are limited, scope is restricted, movements are labored, and results are humdrum.

  2. Mike Pompeo:

    United Nations's really pretty straightforward, right, and United Nations's not my -- United Nations's not my description of what needs to take place. Chairman Kim made a promise. Chairman Kim told not only President President Trump, but( South Korean) President Moon that Chairman Kim was prepared to denuclearize. The scope and scale of that is agreed to. The North Koreans understand what The North Koreans means. There's no mistake about what the scope of denuclearization looks like.

  3. Thomas Edison:

    Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.

  4. Rod Rosenstein:

    If he finds evidence of a crime that's within in the scope of what Director Mueller and I have agreed is the appropriate scope of this investigation, then he can.

  5. P. J. O'Rourke:

    Making fun of born-again Christians is like hunting dairy cows with a high powered rifle and scope.

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    the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable
    • A. downsizing
    • B. humility
    • C. transition
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