- To set in a row, or in rows; to place in a regular line or lines, or in ranks; to dispose in the proper order; to rank; as, to range soldiers in line."Maccabeus ranged his army by bands." [2 Macc. xii. 20.]
- To place (as a single individual) among others in a line, row, or order, as in the ranks of an army; -- usually, reflexively and figuratively, (in the sense) to espouse a cause, to join a party, etc."It would be absurd in me to range myself on the side of the Duke of Bedford and the corresponding society." [Burke.]
- To separate into parts; to sift.(Obs)
- To dispose in a classified or in systematic order; to arrange regularly; as, to range plants and animals in genera and species.
- To rove over or through; as, to range the fields."Teach him to range the ditch, and force the brake." [Gay.]
- To sail or pass in a direction parallel to or near; as, to range the coast.
- [Biol] To be native to, or to live in; to frequent.
Note: ☞ Compare the last two senses (5 and 6) with the French ranger une côte.
Etymology: OE. rengen, OF. rengier, F. ranger, OF. renc row, rank, F. rang; of German origin. See Rank (n.)