Definitions for: Scope


[n] electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities
[n] a magnifier of images of distant objects
[n] an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in the political orbit of a world power"
[n] the state of the environment in which a situation exists; "you can't do that in a university setting"



Webster (1913) Definition: -scope [Gr. skopo`s a watcher, spy. See Scope.]
A combining form usually signifying an instrument for viewing
(with the eye) or observing (in any way); as in microscope,
telescope, altoscope, anemoscope.


Scope, n. [It. scopo, L. scopos a mark, aim, Gr.
skopo`s, a watcher, mark, aim; akin to ?, ? to view, and
perh. to E. spy. Cf. Skeptic, Bishop.]
1. That at which one aims; the thing or end to which the mind
directs its view; that which is purposed to be reached or
accomplished; hence, ultimate design, aim, or purpose;
intention; drift; object. ``Shooting wide, do miss the
marked scope.'' --Spenser.

Your scope is as mine own, So to enforce or qualify
the laws As to your soul seems good. --Shak.

The scope of all their pleading against man's
authority, is to overthrow such laws and
constitutions in the church. --Hooker.

2. Room or opportunity for free outlook or aim; space for
action; amplitude of opportunity; free course or vent;
liberty; range of view, intent, or action.

Give him line and scope. --Shak.

In the fate and fortunes of the human race, scope is
given to the operation of laws which man must always
fail to discern the reasons of. --I. Taylor.

Excuse me if I have given too much scope to the
reflections which have arisen in my mind. --Burke.

An intellectual cultivation of no moderate depth or
scope. --Hawthorne.

3. Extended area. [Obs.] ``The scopes of land granted to the
first adventurers.'' --Sir J. Davies.

4. Length; extent; sweep; as, scope of cable.

Synonyms: ambit, background, cathode-ray oscilloscope, compass, CRO, orbit, oscilloscope, range, reach, setting, telescope

See Also: aperture, approximate range, astronomical telescope, ballpark, canvas, canvass, cardiac monitor, cathode-ray tube, collimator, confines, contrast, CRT, electronic equipment, environment, expanse, extent, finder, gamut, heart monitor, horizon, internationalism, internationality, latitude, magnifier, microwave radar, monitor, monitoring device, optical prism, palette, pallet, prism, purview, radar, radio detection and ranging, radiolocation, show window, showcase, solar telescope, spectrum, sweep, transit instrument, view, view finder, viewfinder

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