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English noun: range

1. range (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, reach, scope

Broader (hypernym)extent

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

2. range (location) the limits within which something can be effective

SamplesRange of motion.
He was beyond the reach of their fire.


Broader (hypernym)limit

Narrower (hyponym)earreach, earshot, eyeshot, hearing, rifle range, rifle shot, view

3. range (location) a large tract of grassy open land on which livestock can graze

SamplesThey used to drive the cattle across the open range every spring.
He dreamed of a home on the range.

Broader (hypernym)parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract

Narrower (hyponym)home range, home territory

4. range (object) a series of hills or mountains

SamplesThe valley was between two ranges of hills.
The plains lay just beyond the mountain range.

Synonymschain, chain of mountains, mountain chain, mountain range, range of mountains

Broader (hypernym)formation, geological formation

Instance hyponymAdirondack Mountains, Adirondacks, Admiralty Range, Alaska Range, Alleghenies, Allegheny Mountains, Alps, Altai Mountains, Altay Mountains, Andes, Apennines, Appalachian Mountains, Appalachians, Atlas Mountains, Australian Alps, Balkan Mountain Range, Balkan Mountains, Balkans, Berkshire Hills, Berkshires, Black Hills, Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge Mountains, Cantabrian Mountains, Carpathian Mountains, Carpathians, Cascade Mountains, Cascade Range, Cascades, Catskill Mountains, Catskills, Caucasus, Caucasus Mountains, Coast Mountains, Coast Range, Cumberland Mountains, Cumberland Plateau, Dolomite Alps, Eastern Highlands, Great Dividing Range, Great Smoky Mountains, Green Mountains, Guadalupe Mountains, High Sierra, Himalaya, Himalaya Mountains, Himalayas, Hindu Kush, Hindu Kush Mountains, Karakoram, Karakoram Range, Karakorum Range, Kuenlun, Kuenlun Mountains, Kunlan Shan, Kunlun, Kunlun Mountains, Mesabi Range, Mount Carmel, Mustagh, Mustagh Range, Nan Ling, Ozark Mountains, Ozark Plateau, Ozarks, Pamir Mountains, Pyrenees, Rhodope Mountains, Rockies, Rocky Mountains, Sacramento Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Sayan Mountains, Selkirk Mountains, sierra, Sierra Madre Occidental, Sierra Madre Oriental, Sierra Nevada, Sierra Nevada, Sierra Nevada Mountains, St. Elias Mountains, St. Elias Range, Taconic Mountains, Teton Range, the Alps, the Pamirs, Tien Shan, Transylvanian Alps, Tyan Shan, Tyrolean Alps, Ural Mountains, Urals

Part holonymmassif, mountain pass, notch, pass

5. range (artifact) a place for shooting (firing or driving) projectiles of various kinds

SamplesThe army maintains a missile range in the desert.
Any good golf club will have a range where you can practice.

Broader (hypernym)facility, installation

Narrower (hyponym)practice range, rifle range, test range

6. range (group) a variety of different things or activities

SamplesHe answered a range of questions.
He was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection.

Broader (hypernym)assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, mixture, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety

Narrower (hyponym)band

7. range (group) (mathematics) the set of values of the dependent variable for which a function is defined

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsimage, range of a function

Broader (hypernym)set

Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

8. range (cognition) the limit of capability

SamplesWithin the compass of education.

Synonymscompass, grasp, reach

Broader (hypernym)capability, capableness, potentiality

Narrower (hyponym)ken, sight

9. range (artifact) a kitchen appliance used for cooking food

SamplesDinner was already on the stove.

Synonymscooking stove, kitchen range, kitchen stove, stove

Broader (hypernym)kitchen appliance

Narrower (hyponym)charcoal burner, cookstove, electric range, gas cooker, gas range, gas stove, potbelly, potbelly stove, Primus, Primus stove, spirit stove

Part holonymgrate, grating

English verb: range

1. range (stative) change or be different within limits

SamplesEstimates 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.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Verb groupextend, go, lead, lead, pass, run, run

2. range (motion) move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymscast, drift, ramble, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)gad, gallivant, jazz around, maunder

Verb groupdrift, err, stray, wander

3. range (stative) have a range; be capable of projecting over a certain distance, as of a gun

SamplesThis gun ranges over two miles.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Narrower (hyponym)carry

4. range (stative) range or extend over; occupy a certain area

SamplesThe plants straddle the entire state.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be, comprise, constitute, make up, represent

Narrower (hyponym)spread-eagle

5. range (contact) lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line

SamplesLay out the clothes.
Lay out the arguments.

Synonymsarray, lay out, set out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)arrange, set up

Narrower (hyponym)compart

6. range (contact) feed as in a meadow or pasture

SamplesThe herd was grazing.

ExamplesThe animals range

Synonymsbrowse, crop, graze, pasture

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)eat, feed

Verb groupcrop, graze, pasture, range

7. range (consumption) let eat

SamplesRange the animals in the prairie.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)feed, give

Verb groupbrowse, crop, graze, pasture, range

8. range (cognition) assign a rank or rating to

SamplesHow would you rank these students?.
The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide.

Synonymsgrade, order, place, rank, rate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)downgrade, prioritise, prioritize, reorder, seed, sequence, shortlist, subordinate, superordinate, upgrade

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