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verb Range
  1. 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.]
  2. 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.]
  3. To separate into parts; to sift.(Obs)
  4. To dispose in a classified or in systematic order; to arrange regularly; as, to range plants and animals in genera and species.
  5. To rove over or through; as, to range the fields."Teach him to range the ditch, and force the brake." [Gay.]
  6. To sail or pass in a direction parallel to or near; as, to range the coast.
  7. [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.)

verb Range
  1. To rove at large; to wander without restraint or direction; to roam."Like a ranging spaniel that barks at every bird he sees." [Burton.]
  2. To have range; to change or differ within limits; to be capable of projecting, or to admit of being projected, especially as to horizontal distance; as, the temperature ranged through seventy degrees Fahrenheit; the gun ranges three miles; the shot ranged four miles.
  3. To be placed in order; to be ranked; to admit of arrangement or classification; to rank."And range with humble livers in content." [Shak.]
  4. To have a certain direction; to correspond in direction; to be or keep in a corresponding line; to trend or run; -- often followed by with; as, the front of a house ranges with the street; to range along the coast. "Which way the forests range." [Dryden.]
  5. [Biol] To be native to, or live in, a certain district or region; as, the peba ranges from Texas to Paraguay.
    synonyms: To rove; roam; ramble; wander; stroll.
noun Range
  1. A series of things in a line; a row; a rank; as, a range of buildings; a range of mountains.
  2. An aggregate of individuals in one rank or degree; an order; a class."The next range of beings above him are the immaterial intelligences." [Sir M. Hale.]
  3. The step of a ladder; a rung.
  4. A kitchen grate.(Obs)"He was bid at his first coming to take off the range, and let down the cinders." [L'Estrange.]
  5. An extended cooking apparatus of cast iron, set in brickwork, and affording conveniences for various ways of cooking; also, a kind of cooking stove.
  6. A bolting sieve to sift meal.(Obs. or Prov. Eng)
  7. A wandering or roving; a going to and fro; an excursion; a ramble; an expedition."He may take a range all the world over." [South.]
  8. That which may be ranged over; place or room for excursion; especially, a region of country in which cattle or sheep may wander and pasture.
  9. Extent or space taken in by anything excursive; compass or extent of excursion; reach; scope; discursive power; as, the range of one's voice, or authority."Far as creation's ample range extends." [Pope.]"The range and compass of Hammond's knowledge filled the whole circle of the arts." [Bp. Fell.]"A man has not enough range of thought." [Addison.]
  10. [Biol] The region within which a plant or animal naturally lives.
  11. [Gun]
    1. The horizontal distance to which a shot or other projectile is carried.
    2. Sometimes, less properly, the trajectory of a shot or projectile.
    3. A place where shooting, as with cannons or rifles, is practiced.
  12. In the public land system of the United States, a row or line of townships lying between two successive meridian lines six miles apart.
  13. [Naut] See Range of cable, below.

Note: ☞ The meridians included in each great survey are numbered in order east and west from the “principal meridian” of that survey, and the townships in the range are numbered north and south from the “base line,” which runs east and west; as, township No. 6, N., range 7, W., from the fifth principal meridian.

Etymology: From Range (v.): cf. F. rangée

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A place for shooting (firing or driving) projectiles of various kinds ("the army maintains a missile range in the desert" and "any good golf club will have a range where you can practice")
  2. A kitchen appliance used for cooking food
  3. An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: ("the range of a supersonic jet" and "a piano has a greater range than the human voice")
  4. The limit of capability
  5. (mathematics) the set of values of the dependent variable for which a function is defined
  6. A variety of different things or activities ("he answered a range of questions" and "he was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection")
  7. The limits within which something can be effective ("range of motion")
  8. A large tract of grassy open land on which livestock can graze ("they used to drive the cattle across the open range every spring" and "he dreamed of a home on the range")
  9. A series of hills or mountains ("the valley was between two ranges of hills" and "the plains lay just beyond the mountain range")
  10. Assign a rank or rating to
  11. Let eat ("range the animals in the prairie")
  12. Lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line
  13. Feed as in a meadow or pasture
  14. Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
  15. Range or extend over; occupy a certain area
  16. Change or be different within limits ("Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion", "The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals", and "My students range from very bright to dull")
  17. Have a range; be capable of projecting over a certain distance, as of a gun ("This gun ranges over two miles")

From Middle English rengen, from Old French rengier (“to range, to rank, to order,”), from the noun renc, reng, ranc, rang (“a rank, row”), from Frankish *hring, from Proto-Germanic *hringaz (“ring, circle, curve”).

  1. A line or series of mountains, buildings, etc.
  2. A fireplace; a fire or other cooking apparatus; now specifically, a large cooking stove with many hotplates.
  3. Selection, array.
    We sell a wide of cars.
  4. An area for practicing shooting at targets.
  5. An area for military training or equipment testing.
    Synonyms: base, training area, training ground
  6. The distance from a person or sensor to an object, target, emanation, or event.
    We could see the ship at a of five miles.
    One can use the speed of sound to estimate the of a lightning flash.
    Synonyms: distance, radius
  7. Maximum distance of capability (of a weapon, radio, detector, fuel supply, etc.).
    This missile's is 500 kilometres.
  8. An area of open, often unfenced, grazing land.
  9. Extent or space taken in by anything excursive; compass or extent of excursion; reach; scope.
  10. (mathematics) The set of values (points) which a function can obtain.
    Antonyms: domain
  11. (statistics) The length of the smallest interval which contains all the data in a sample; the difference between the largest and smallest observations in the sample.
  12. (sports, baseball) The defensive area that a player can cover.
    Jones has good for a big man.
  13. (music) The scale of all the tones a voice or an instrument can produce.
    Synonyms: compass
  14. (ecology) The geographical area or zone where a species is normally naturally found.
  15. (programming) A sequential list of iterators that are specified by a beginning and ending iterator.
      calls the given function on each value in the input .
  16. An aggregate of individuals in one rank or degree; an order; a class.
  17. (obsolete) The step of a ladder; a rung.
  18. (obsolete, Britain, dialect) A bolting sieve to sift meal.
  19. A wandering or roving; a going to and fro; an excursion; a ramble; an expedition.
  20. (US, historical) In the public land system, a row or line of townships lying between two succession meridian lines six miles apart.
  21. The scope of something, the extent which something covers or includes.
  22. The variety of roles that an actor can play in a satisfactory way.
    By playing in comedies as well as in dramas he has proved his as an actor.
    By playing in comedies as well as in dramas he has proved his acting .

range was also found in the following language(s): Estonian, French, and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Range

Range Murata is an artist and designer. Range was born on October 2nd, 1968 in Osaka, Japan.


Range was born in 1915. She left this life in 2006.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Range

Heidi Range is a pop music and contemporary r&b singer-songwriter. She plays Vocals. She was most active from 1997 to present. Heidi was given the name Heidi India Range on May 23rd, 1983 in Liverpool.


Range was born in 1915. She left this life in 2006.


Harald Range is an Attorney General of Germany and Public Prosecutor General (Germany). Harald was born on February 16th, 1948 in Göttingen.


Gabriel Range is a film director. He has been prominent since 2002. Gabriel was given the name Gabriel Edmund Range .


Rosslyn was born on November 29th, 1933.


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Ethnicity Range U.S.
  White 56.20% 64.26%
  African American 33.88% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.21% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.57% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.57% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Range

  • How Popular is the name Range? Range is the 79,771st most popular name of all time. As a last name Range was the 9,794th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Range have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6 babies born with the first name Range in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Range? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2016 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Range first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Range is Monday, September 10th, 1888.
  • What year had the most people named Range born? The highest recorded use of the first name Range was in 2016 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Range: Your name in reverse order is Egnar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ernag. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Range? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,306 people with the last name Range.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Range? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Range as their last name.

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