scope: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (skōp), [key]
— n., v., scoped, scop•ing.
- extent or range of view, outlook, application, operation, effectiveness, etc.: an investigation of wide scope.
- space for movement or activity; opportunity for operation: to give one's fancy full scope.
- extent in space; a tract or area.
- length: a scope of cable.
- aim or purpose.
- the range of words or elements of an expression over which a modifier or operator has control: In “old men and women,” “old” may either take “men and women” or just “men” in its scope.
- (used as a short form of microscope, oscilloscope, periscope, radarscope, riflescope, telescopic sight, etc.)
- to look at, read, or investigate, as in order to evaluate or appreciate.
- a rock musician scoping out the audience before going on stage.
- to look at or over; examine; check out:a rock musician scoping out the audience before going on stage.
- to master; figure out:By the time we'd scoped out the problem, it was too late.
- a combining form meaning “instrument for viewing,” used in the formation of compound words:Cf. telescope.
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