Meaning of SCOPE in English

I. ˈskōp noun

( -s )

Etymology: Italian scopo aim, goal, purpose, object, from Latin scopus, from Greek skopos watcher, goal, purpose, object; akin to Greek skopein to view, contemplate, inspect — more at spy

1. : space or opportunity for free and unhampered motion, activity, intention, thought, or vision : breadth , comprehensiveness

full scope for the exercise of such ability as I had — R.M.Lovett

a mind remarkable both for its scope and its mastery over details — John Buchan


a. : an intention in speaking or writing : purpose

the author's scope or aim

b. : something aimed at or desired : object , end

making religion the main scope of his life

c. obsolete : a mark aimed at : goal

arrows speeding to the scope

3. chiefly dialect : a tract of land especially when extensive


a. : the general range or extent of cognizance, consideration, activity, or influence

the synopsis is a very brief indication of the scope of the whole argument — Norman Angell

the scope of this view — more than 100 miles in all directions — American Guide Series: Vermont

humility … a sense of infinite powers beyond our scope — M.R.Cohen

b. : the limited field or subject under consideration : the range of the matter being treated : the marked off area of relevancy

the period of his public career … lies outside the scope of this book — R.W.Southern

with the extension of the scope of government to include a wide array of public services — W.J.Shepard

c. : length of cable or hawser on which a ship rides

pay out more scope , stand by to make sail — S.E.Morison

5. : domain 7

6. : the range of operation of a logical operator : the part of a statement in the functional calculus that is governed by a quantifier

Synonyms: see range

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: -scope

1. : any of various instruments for viewing or observing: as

a. : bronchoscope

b. : gastroscope

c. : microscope

d. : telescope

e. : telescope sight

f. : oscilloscope

g. : radarscope

2. : horoscope

III. transitive verb

: to look at a person or a thing often for the purpose of evaluation

scoped the dangerous ledge

— often used with out

scoped her out from across the room — Tim Allis

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