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English noun: scope

1. scope (attribute) an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsambit, compass, orbit, range, reach

Broader (hypernym)extent

Narrower (hyponym)approximate range, ballpark, confines, contrast, expanse, gamut, horizon, internationalism, internationality, latitude, palette, pallet, purview, spectrum, sweep, view

2. scope (state) the state of the environment in which a situation exists

SamplesYou can't do that in a university setting.

Synonymsbackground, setting

Broader (hypernym)environment

Narrower (hyponym)canvas, canvass, show window, showcase

3. scope (artifact) a magnifier of images of distant objects


Broader (hypernym)magnifier

Narrower (hyponym)astronomical telescope, collimator, equatorial, solar telescope, transit instrument

Part holonymaperture, finder, optical prism, prism, view finder, viewfinder

4. scope (artifact) electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities

Synonymscathode-ray oscilloscope, CRO, oscilloscope

Broader (hypernym)electronic equipment

Part holonymcathode-ray tube, CRT

Part meronymcardiac monitor, heart monitor, microwave radar, monitor, monitoring device, radar, radio detection and ranging, radiolocation

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