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An expanse of land suitable for livestock to wander and graze on.
(Agriculture) (often plural) land that naturally produces forage plants suitable for grazing but where rainfall is too low or erratic for growing crops
n., adj., v. ranged, rang•ing. n.
1. the extent to which or the limits between which variation is possible: the range of steel prices.
2. the extent or scope of something: one's range of vision.
3. the distance to which a projectile may be sent by a weapon.
4. the distance of the target from the weapon.
5. an area equipped with targets for practice in shooting: a rifle range.
6. an area used for flight-testing missiles.
7. the distance of something from the point of operation, as in sound ranging.
8. the distance that can be covered by an aircraft, ship, etc., carrying a normal load without refueling.
9. the difference between the largest and smallest values in a statistical distribution.
10. a continuous course of masonry of the same height from end to end.
a. the horizontal direction or extension of a survey line established by two or more marked points.
b. one of a series of divisions of tracts of public land numbered east and west from the principal meridian of a survey and consisting of a tier of townships.
12. (in navigation) a line established by markers or lights on shore for the location of soundings.
13. a rank, class, or order.
14. a row, line, or series, as of persons or things.
15. the act of moving around, as over an area or region.
16. Also called rangeland. an area or tract that is or may be ranged over, esp. an open region for the grazing of livestock.
17. the region over which a population or species is distributed: the range of the Baltimore oriole.
18. Math. the set of all values attained by a given function throughout its domain.
19. a chain of mountains forming a single system: the Cascade Range.
20. a large cooking stove having burners on the top surface and containing one or more ovens.adj.
21. working or grazing on a range.v.t.
22. to draw up or arrange (persons or things) in rows or lines or in a specific position.
23. to place in a particular class; classify.
24. to make straight, level, or even, as lines of type.
25. to pass over or through (an area or region), as in exploring.
26. to pasture (cattle) on a range.
27. to direct or train, as a telescope.
28. to ascertain the distance of.
29. to lay out (an anchor cable) so that the anchor may descend smoothly.v.i.
30. to vary within certain limits: Prices range from $20 to $50.
31. to extend within extreme points of a scale: emotions ranging from smugness to despair.
32. to move around or through a region, as animals.
33. to roam or wander: talks ranging over a variety of subjects.
34. to extend in a certain direction: a boundary ranging from east and west.
35. to lie or extend in the same line or plane as another or others.
36. to extend or occur over an area or throughout a period, as an animal or plant.
37. to find the range of something aimed at or to be located.Idioms:
in range, Naut. (of two or more objects observed from a vessel) located one directly behind the other.
[1350–1400; (n.) < Old French renge row]