range

Range always refers to a variety of things or an area that something operates. The store offers the living room set in a range of colors. What's the range of that remote-controlled airplane?

As a noun, range can also be used to describe a set of mountains such as the Sierra Nevada or it can mean a grassy plain where cattle graze. As a verb, use range to mean a span or variety of things. Your family conversation at the dinner table probably ranges over a variety of topics. At school, you learn about many subjects ranging from English literature to calculus to European history.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: range

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a variety of different things or activities
change or be different within limits
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a large tract of grassy open land on which livestock can graze
feed as in a meadow or pasture
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a series of hills or mountains
lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line
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a place for shooting (firing or driving) projectiles of various kinds
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n
a kitchen appliance used for cooking food
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v
move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: range
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n a variety of different things or activities

“he answered a range of questions”
“he was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection”
Types:
band
a range of frequencies between two limits
frequency band, waveband
a band of adjacent radio frequencies (e.g., assigned for transmitting radio or television signals)
Type of:
assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, mixture, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety
a collection containing a variety of sorts of things

n the limits within which something can be effective

range of motion”
Synonyms:
reach
Types:
earreach, earshot, hearing
the range within which a voice can be heard
eyeshot, view
the range of the eye
rifle range, rifle shot
the distance that a rifle bullet will carry
Type of:
limit
as far as something can go

n the limit of capability

Synonyms:
compass, grasp, reach
Types:
ken, sight
the range of vision
Type of:
capability, capableness, potentiality
an aptitude that may be developed

n 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”
Synonyms:
ambit, compass, orbit, reach, scope
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approximate range, ballpark
near to the scope or range of something
confines
a bounded scope
contrast
the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness)
internationalism, internationality
quality of being international in scope
latitude
scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction
horizon, purview, view
the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated
expanse, sweep
a wide scope
gamut
a complete extent or range: "a face that expressed a gamut of emotions"
spectrum
a broad range of related objects or values or qualities or ideas or activities
palette, pallet
the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art
Type of:
extent
the distance or area or volume over which something extends

n (mathematics) the set of values of the dependent variable for which a function is defined

Synonyms:
image, range of a function
Type of:
set
(mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols

v change or be different within limits

“Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion”
“The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals”
“My students range from very bright to dull”
Synonyms:
run
extend, go, lead, pass, run
stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
lead, run
cause something to pass or lead somewhere
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

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

“This gun ranges over two miles”
Types:
carry
be conveyed over a certain distance

v range or extend over; occupy a certain area

Synonyms:
straddle
Types:
spread-eagle
stretch over
Type of:
be, comprise, constitute, make up, represent
form or compose

v assign a rank or rating to

Synonyms:
grade, order, place, rank, rate
Types:
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superordinate
place in a superior order or rank
shortlist
put someone or something on a short list
seed
distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
reorder
assign a new order to
subordinate
rank or order as less important or consider of less value
prioritise, prioritize
assign a priority to
sequence
arrange in a sequence
downgrade
rate lower; lower in value or esteem
upgrade
rate higher; raise in value or esteem
invert, reverse
reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of
countermarch
change the order of soldiers during a march
outclass
cause to appear in a lower class
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of
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n 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
Types:
home range, home territory
the area in which an animal normally ranges
Type of:
parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
an extended area of land

v feed as in a meadow or pasture

Synonyms:
browse, crop, graze, pasture
crop, graze, pasture
let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
Type of:
eat, feed
take in food; used of animals only

v let eat

range the animals in the prairie”
Synonyms
browse, crop, graze, pasture
feed as in a meadow or pasture
Type of:
feed, give
give food to
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n a series of hills or mountains

“the valley was between two ranges of hills”
Synonyms:
chain, chain of mountains, mountain chain, mountain range, range of mountains
Examples:
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Adirondack Mountains
a mountain range in northeastern New York State; a popular resort area
Admiralty Range
mountains in Antarctica to the north of Victoria Land
Alaska Range
a mountain range in south central Alaska; contains Mount McKinley
Allegheny Mountains
the western part of the Appalachian Mountains; extending from northern Pennsylvania to southwestern Virginia
the Alps
a large mountain system in south-central Europe; scenic beauty and winter sports make them a popular tourist attraction
Altai Mountains
a mountain range in central Asia that extends a thousand miles from Kazakhstan eastward into western Mongolia and northern China
Andes
a mountain range in South America running 5000 miles along the Pacific coast
Apennines
a mountain range extending the length of the Italian peninsula
Appalachian Mountains
a mountain range in the eastern United States extending from Quebec to the Gulf of Mexico; a historic barrier to early westward expansion of the United States
Atlas Mountains
a mountain range in northern Africa between the Mediterranean and the Sahara Desert; extends from southwestern Morocco to northern Tunisia
Australian Alps
a range of mountains in Australia that forms the southern end of the Great Dividing Range
Balkan Mountain Range
the major mountain range of Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula
Berkshire Hills
a low mountain range in western Massachusetts; a resort area
Black Hills
mountains in southwestern South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming; sacred to the Sioux (whites settling in the Black Hills led to the Battle of Little Bighorn); site of Mount Rushmore
Blue Ridge Mountains
a range of the Appalachians extending from southern Pennsylvania to northern Georgia
Cantabrian Mountains
a range of mountains in northern Spain along the coast of the Bay of Biscay
Carpathian Mountains
a mountain range in central Europe that extends from Slovakia and southern Poland southeastward through western Ukraine to northeastern Romania; a popular resort area
Cascade Mountains
a mountain range in the northwestern United States extending through Washington and Oregon and northern California; a part of the Coast Range
Catskill Mountains
a range of the Appalachians to the west of the Hudson in southeastern New York; includes many popular resort areas
Caucasus Mountains
the mountain range in Caucasia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea that forms part of the traditional border between Europe and Asia
Coast Mountains
a string of mountain ranges along the Pacific coast of North America from southeastern Alaska to Lower California
Cumberland Mountains
the southwestern part of the Appalachians
Dolomite Alps
an eastern range of the Alps in northeastern Italy famous for their dolomitic limestone
Great Dividing Range
a mountain range running along the eastern coast of Australia
Great Smoky Mountains
part of the Appalachians between North Carolina and Tennessee
Green Mountains
a range of the Appalachian Mountains that extends from south to north through Vermont
Guadalupe Mountains
a mountain range in southern New Mexico and western Texas; the southern extension of the Sacramento Mountains
Himalaya Mountains
a mountain range extending 1500 miles on the border between India and Tibet; this range contains the world's highest mountain
Hindu Kush Mountains
a mountain range extending to the west of the Himalayas
Karakoram Range
a mountain range in northern Kashmir; an extension of the Hindu Kush; contains the 2nd highest peak
Kuenlun Mountains
a mountain range in western China that extends eastward from the Indian border for 1000 miles
Mesabi Range
a range of hills in northeastern Minnesota where rich iron ore deposits were discovered in 1887
Mount Carmel
a mountain range in northwestern Israel near the Mediterranean coast
Nan Ling
a mountain range in southeastern China running generally east to west
Ozark Mountains
an area of low mountains in northwestern Arkansas and southeastern Missouri and northeastern Oklahoma
Pamir Mountains
a mountain range in central Asia that is centered in Tajikistan but extends into Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan and Pakistan and western China
Pyrenees
a chain of mountains between France and Spain
Rhodope Mountains
a mountain range in the Balkan peninsula in southeastern Europe; extends along the border between Greece and Bulgaria
Rocky Mountains
the chief mountain range of western North America; extends from British Columbia to northern New Mexico; forms the continental divide
Sacramento Mountains
mountain range in New Mexico to the east of the Rio Grande
San Juan Mountains
a mountain range in southwestern Colorado that is part of the Rocky Mountains
Sayan Mountains
a range of mountains in southern Siberia to the west of Lake Baikal; contain important mineral deposits
Selkirk Mountains
a range of the Rocky Mountains in southeastern British Columbia
sierra
a range of mountains (usually with jagged peaks and irregular outline)
Sierra Madre Occidental
a mountain range in northwestern Mexico that runs south from Arizona parallel to the Pacific coastline
Sierra Madre Oriental
a mountain range in northeastern Mexico the runs parallel to the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico
Sierra Nevada Mountains
a mountain range in eastern California; contains Mount Whitney
Sierra Nevada
a mountain range in southern Spain along the Mediterranean coast to the east of Granada
St. Elias Mountains
a range of mountains between Alaska and the Yukon territory
Taconic Mountains
a range of the Appalachian Mountains along the eastern border of New York with Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont
Teton Range
a mountain range in northwest Wyoming; contains the Grand Teton
Tien Shan
a major mountain range of central Asia; extends 1,500 miles
Transylvanian Alps
a range of the southern Carpathian Mountains extending across central Romania
Tyrolean Alps
a popular tourist area in the Tyrol
Ural Mountains
a mountain range in western Russia extending from the Arctic to the Caspian Sea; forms part of the traditional boundary between Europe and Asia
Type of:
formation, geological formation
(geology) the geological features of the earth

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

Synonyms:
array, lay out, set out
Types:
compart
lay out in parts according to a plan
Type of:
arrange, set up
put into a proper or systematic order
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n 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”
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practice range
a place for practicing golf shots
rifle range
a range where people can practice shooting rifles
test range
a range for conducting tests
firing range, target range
a practice range for target practice
driving range, golf range
a practice range for practicing golf shots
Type of:
facility, installation
a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
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n a kitchen appliance used for cooking food

Synonyms:
cooking stove, kitchen range, kitchen stove, stove
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charcoal burner
a stove that burns charcoal as fuel
cookstove
a stove for cooking (especially a wood- or coal-burning kitchen stove)
electric range
a kitchen range in which the heat for cooking is provided by electric power
gas cooker, gas range, gas stove
a range with gas rings and an oven for cooking with gas
potbelly, potbelly stove
a bulbous stove in which wood or coal is burned
Primus, Primus stove
a portable paraffin cooking stove; used by campers
spirit stove
a stove that burns a volatile liquid fuel such as alcohol
Type of:
kitchen appliance
a home appliance used in preparing food
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v move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

Synonyms:
cast, drift, ramble, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander
drift, err, stray
wander from a direct course or at random
wander
go via an indirect route or at no set pace
Types:
maunder
wander aimlessly
gad, gallivant, jazz around
wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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