(noun, verb)


1. 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

Similar word(s): ambit, compass, orbit, reach, scope

Definition categories: attribute, extent

2. the limits within which something can be effective

- range of motion

Similar word(s): reach

Definition categories: location, limit

3. 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

Definition categories: location, parcel, tract

4. a series of hills or mountains

- the valley was between two ranges of hills

- the plains lay just beyond the mountain range

Similar word(s): chain

Definition categories: object, formation

5. 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

Definition categories: man–made, facility, installation

6. a variety of different things or activities

- he answered a range of questions

- he was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection

Definition categories: group, assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixture, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety

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

Similar word(s): image

Definition categories: group, set

8. the limit of capability

Similar word(s): compass, grasp, reach

Definition categories: thought, capability, capableness, potentiality

9. a kitchen appliance used for cooking food

Similar word(s): stove

Definition categories: man–made

Sentences with range as a noun:

- We sell a wide range of cars.

- We could see the ship at a range of five miles.

- One can use the speed of sound to estimate the range of a lightning flash.

- This missile's range is 500 kilometres.

- Jones has good range for a big man.


1. 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

Similar word(s): run

Definition categories: stative, be

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

Similar word(s): cast, drift, ramble, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

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

- This gun ranges over two miles

Definition categories: stative

4. range or extend over; occupy a certain area

Similar word(s): straddle

Definition categories: stative, be, comprise, constitute, represent

5. lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line

Similar word(s): array

Definition categories: contact, arrange

6. feed as in a meadow or pasture

Similar word(s): browse, crop, graze, pasture

Definition categories: contact, eat, feed

7. let eat

- range the animals in the prairie

Definition categories: consumption, feed, give

8. assign a rank or rating to

Similar word(s): grade, order, place, rank, rate

Definition categories: cognition, evaluate, judge

Sentences with range as a verb:

- to range the fields

- The variable x ranges over all real values from 0 to 10.

- to range plants and animals in genera and species

- The front of a house ranges with the street.

- The peba ranges from Texas to Paraguay.

- to range the coast