Definition for RANGE

RANGE, n. [Fr. rangée. See Rank.]

  1. A row; a rank; things in a line; as, a row of buildings; a range of mountains; ranges of colors. – Newton.
  2. A class; an order. The next range of beings above him are the immaterial intelligences. – Hale.
  3. A wandering or roving; excursion. He may take a range all the world over. – South.
  4. Space or room for excursion. A man has not enough range of thought. – Addison.
  5. Compass or extent of excursion; space taken in by any thing extended or ranked in order; as, the range of Newton's thought. No philosopher has embraced a wider range. Far as creation's ample range extends. – Pope.
  6. The step of a ladder. – Clarendon. [Corrupted in popular language to rung.]
  7. A kitchen grate. – Bacon. Wotton.
  8. A bolting sieve to sift meal.
  9. In gunnery, the path of a bullet or bomb, or the line it describes from the mouth of the piece to the point where it lodges; or the whole distance which it passes. When a cannon lies horizontally, it is called the right level, or point blank range; when the muzzle is elevated to 45 degrees, it is called the utmost range. To this may be added the ricochet, the rolling or bounding shot, with the piece elevated from three to six degrees. – Encyc. Mar. Dict.

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