Meaning of scoping

scop•ing

Pronunciation: (skō'ping), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or practice of eyeing or examining, as in order to evaluate or appreciate.
—adj.
  1. of or involving an investigation or discussion to determine the effect a proposed policy or project would have on a community or the local environment: The public is invited to the scoping meeting on the proposed new refinery.
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