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Definitions of scope

  1. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: " the range of a supersonic jet"; " 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"
  2. the state of the environment in which a situation exists; " you can't do that in a university setting"
  3. electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities
  4. a magnifier of images of distant objects
  5. That at which one aims; the thing or end to which the mind directs its view; that which is purposed to be reached or accomplished; hence, ultimate design, aim, or purpose; intention; drift; object.
  6. Room or opportunity for free outlook or aim; space for action; amplitude of opportunity; free course or vent; liberty; range of view, intent, or action.
  7. Extended area.
  8. Length; extent; sweep; as, scope of cable.
  9. To look at for the purpose of evaluation; usually with out; as, to scope out the area as a camping site.
  10. Extent or range of view or action; room for free action.
  11. That which one sees, space as far as one can see: room or opportunity for free outlook: space for action: the end before the mind: intention.
  12. Range of vision or mind; space for action; intention.
  13. A range of view or action; outlook; capacity for achievement; aim.
  14. Aim; intention; drift; room; range; license; length.
  15. Space; room; the limit of intellectual view; the end or ultimate object towards which the mind is directed; the intention; the aim or drift; unrestricted liberty; licence.

Usage examples for scope

  1. This dreadful honour you both fear and hope - Both all in vain: you fall below my scope. – New-Poems by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  2. The general conviction of humanity will be found right against any conclusions calling themselves scientific, that go beyond the scope or the reach of science. – Paul Faber, Surgeon by George MacDonald
  3. The safest conclusion seems to me that the whole subject is beyond the scope of man's intellect; but man can do his duty. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  4. All these questions did Laurence Stanninghame ask himself by turn as he recovered his confused and scattered senses; and there was abundant scope for such conjecture for, in truth, the place wherein he found himself was a strange one. – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  5. It is thus equivalent to the scope of the entire Apocalypse, at the head of which it stands. – Church and State as Seen in the Formation of Christendom by T. W. Allies
  6. Service aviation is bound by technical and financial limits; its scope confined to the requirements of war. –  by
  7. He admitted that one might forgive and forget what did not come within the scope of the law, but, as he had said to Helen before, a man was bound, he said, to punish the wrong which through him affected the community. – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  8. In fine weather the going to and from school was very delightful, and small as the scope of it was, it could be varied almost indefinitely. – Father and Son by Edmund Gosse
  9. The knees must be bent to about one- third of their scope, and set a shoulder's breadth apart. – Rowing by Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
  10. On April 10, 1946, in one hour and five minutes, twenty- four birds were seen through one scope and twenty- six through the other. – A Quantitative Study of the Nocturnal Migration of Birds. Vol.3 No.2 by George H. Lowery.
  11. There's more scope, more demand. – A Crooked Mile by Oliver Onions
  12. I am rather sorry that this happens to be a program night, for you would have had a better idea of the scope we try to cover at the other kind, but perhaps this will be more entertaining." – An American Suffragette by Isaac N. Stevens
  13. " The exclusion of Ulster from the scope of the Bill," said Gorman, " is the latest proposition; but we won't agree to it." – Gossamer 1915 by George A. Birmingham
  14. I'm using this scope whether you like it or not! – Treachery in Outer Space by Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
  15. My sole regret is that their numbers are so few, and that their scope of action is so limited. – The Roman Question by Edmond About
  16. Is Saint- Antoine finished, that you are talking of a work of great scope? – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  17. He thinks and feels upon subjects that were far outside Calverley's scope. – Adventures in Criticism by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  18. If an agent acts under special authority, his acts, within the scope of his authority, are binding upon his principal; but if he violates his instructions, and attempts to make a contract not warranted by his letter of attorney, his acts have no binding force upon his principal. – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud
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