from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The range of one's perceptions, thoughts, or actions.
- n. Breadth or opportunity to function. See Synonyms at room.
- n. The area covered by a given activity or subject. See Synonyms at range.
- n. The length or sweep of a mooring cable.
- n. Informal A viewing instrument such as a periscope, microscope, or telescope.
- transitive v. Slang To examine or investigate. Often used with out: "Their World Wide Web site is, for now, the best place to scope out the future of the media business in cyberspace.” ( Marc Gunther).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The breadth, depth or reach of a subject; a domain.
- n. a device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target
- n. The region of program source in which an identifier is meaningful.
- n. The shortest sub-wff of which a given instance of a logical connective is a part of.
- n. Shortened form of periscope, telescope, microscope or oscilloscope.
- v. To perform a cursory investigation, as to scope out.
- v. To perform arthroscopic surgery.
- v. To examine under a microscope.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. Extended area.
- n. Length; extent; sweep.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete or dialectal form of scoop. Halliwell.
- n. A bundle, as of twigs.
- n. A mark to shoot at; a target.
- n. That which is aimed at; end or aim kept or to be kept in view; that which is to be reached or accomplished; ultimate design, aim, or purpose; intention.
- n. Outlook; intellectual range or view: as, a mind of wide scope.
- n. Room for free outlook or aim; range or field of free observation or action; room; space.
- n. Extent; length; sweep; (nautical) length of cable or anchor-chain at which a vessel rides when at anchor: as, scope of cable.
- n. A wide tract.
- n. A liberty; a license enjoyed; hence, an act of riot or excess.
- An obsolete form of scoup.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of the environment in which a situation exists
- n. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
- n. a magnifier of images of distant objects
- n. electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities
Italian scopo, aim, purpose, from Greek skopos, target, aim.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)