extent: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ik-stent'), [key]
— n.
  1. the space or degree to which a thing extends; length, area, volume, or scope: the extent of his lands; to be right to a certain extent.
  2. something extended, as a space; a particular length, area, or volume; something having extension: the limitless extent of the skies.
  3. a writ, or a levy, by which a debtor's lands are valued and transferred to the creditor, absolutely or for a term of years.
    1. Also calledwrit of extent.a writ to recover debts of a record due to the crown, under which land, property, etc., may be seized.
    2. a seizure made under such a writ.
  4. extension (def. 12).
  5. assessment or valuation, as of land.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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