Definitions for: Extent


[n] the distance or area or volume over which something extends; "the vast extent of the desert"; "an orchard of considerable extent"
[n] the point or degree to which something extends; "the extent of the damage"; "the full extent of the law"; "to a certain extent she was right"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ex*tent", a. [L. extentus, p. p. of extendere. See
Extend.]
Extended. [Obs.] --Spenser.


Ex*tent", n. [L. extentus, fr. extendere. See
Extend.]
1. Space or degree to which a thing is extended; hence,
superficies; compass; bulk; size; length; as, an extent of
country or of line; extent of information or of charity.

Life in its large extent is scare a span. --Cotton.

2. Degree; measure; proportion. ``The extent to which we can
make ourselves what we wish to be.'' --Lubbock.

3. (Eng. Law)
(a) A peculiar species of execution upon debts due to the
crown, under which the lands and goods of the debtor
may be seized to secure payment.
(b) A process of execution by which the lands and goods of
a debtor are valued and delivered to the creditor.

See Also: ambit, area, boundary, bounds, compass, coverage, degree, depth, expanse, frontage, length, level, limit, magnitude, orbit, point, range, reach, scope, stage, surface area

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