Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to ranging: sound ranging


a. A number or grouping of things in the same category or within specified limits: offers a range of financial services; jobs at different pay ranges.
b. An amount or extent of variation: a wide price range; the range of genetic diversity.
c. Music The gamut of tones that a voice or instrument is capable of producing. Also called compass.
d. A class, rank, or order: the lower ranges of society.
a. Extent of perception, knowledge, experience, or ability: Calculus is simply out of my range.
b. The area or sphere in which an activity takes place: beyond the range of the court's jurisdiction.
a. The maximum extent or distance limiting operation, action, or effectiveness, as of a sound, radio signal, instrument, firearm, or aircraft: the limited range of the telescope; out of range of their guns; within hearing range.
b. The maximum distance that can be covered by a vehicle with a specified payload before its fuel supply is exhausted.
c. The distance between a projectile weapon and its target.
a. A place equipped for practice in shooting at targets.
b. A testing area at which rockets and missiles are launched and tracked.
c. A place or business where golf shots can be practiced.
5. An extensive area of open land on which livestock wander and graze.
6. The geographic region in which a plant, animal, or other organism normally lives or grows.
7. The opportunity or freedom to wander or explore: We had free range of the campus.
a. Mathematics The set of all values a given function may take on.
b. Statistics The difference or interval between the smallest and largest values in a frequency distribution or a set of data.
9. A group or series of things extending in a line or row, especially a row or chain of mountains.
10. One of a series of double-faced bookcases in a library stack room.
11. A north-south strip of townships, each six miles square, numbered east and west from a specified meridian in a US public land survey.
12. A stove with spaces for cooking a number of things at the same time.
v. ranged, rang·ing, rang·es
1. To vary within specified limits: sizes that range from small to extra large.
2. To extend in a particular direction: a river that ranges to the east.
3. To cover or have application to a number of things: Their conversation ranged over the major issues of the day. Her responsibilities range across all aspects of the negotiations.
a. To move through, along, or around in an area or region: Raiders ranged up and down the coast.
b. To wander freely; roam: allowed the animals to range freely.
5. To look over something or around an area or place: The teacher's eyes ranged over the class.
6. To live or grow within a particular region: "Some animals and plants range over a large portion of the world, yet retain the same character" (Charles Darwin).
1. To arrange or dispose in a particular order, especially in rows or lines: "In the front seats of the galleries were ranged the ladies of the court" (Carolly Erickson).
2. To assign to a particular category; classify: Her works are often ranged under the headings Mystery and Science Fiction.
3. To move through or along or around in (an area or region): The scouts ranged the mountain forests. The patrol boat ranged the coast.
4. To look over or throughout (something): His eyes ranged the room, looking for the letter.
5. To turn (livestock) onto an extensive area of open land for grazing.
a. To align (a gun, for example) with a target.
b. To determine the distance of (a target).
c. To be capable of reaching (a maximum distance).
7. Nautical To uncoil (an anchor cable) on deck so the anchor may descend easily.

[Middle English, row, rank, from Old French, from earlier, renge, from rengier, to put in a row, from renc, reng, row, of Germanic origin; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: range, ambit, compass, orbit, purview, reach, scope, sweep
These nouns denote an area within which something acts, operates, or has power or control: the range of the book's subject; the ambit of municipal legislation; information within the compass of the article; countries within the political orbit of a world power; regulations under the government's purview; outside the reach of the law; issues within the scope of an investigation; outside the sweep of federal authority. See Also Synonyms at wander.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


The process of establishing target distance. Types of ranging include echo, intermittent, manual, navigational, explosive echo, optical, radar, etc. See also spot.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ranging - wandering freely; "at night in bed...his slowly ranging thoughts...encountered her"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Founded in 1984, the firm recruits middle- to upper-level management in the areas of sales and marketing, accounting, finance and engineering with salaries ranging from $24,000 to $100,000.
Founded in 1989, ACES recruits professionals and executives in the areas of sales and marketing, legal services, engineering, MIS, accounting and finance and administrative science, for position with salaries ranging from $25,000 to $175,000.
PU foam equipment line includes meter/mix/dispense units that apply rigid and semi-rigid foams in densities ranging from 0.35 to 10 lb/cu ft at 3 to 60 lb/min.
Company can offer a complete line of machinery and equipment to produce multilayer foam-core pipe in sizes ranging from 2- through 8-in.
The gap height was ranging between 5 and 6 mm and, in order to prevent slippage, test samples have been glued.
Founded in 1989, the firm places middle- and senior-level executives and technical managers with salaries ranging from $40,000 to $125,000.
Ranging in size from 0.75 to 10 hp, units are available in both air- and water-cooled models.
Prior to test system calibration, each transducer is calibrated to an NBS tracible source and appropriate ranging adjustments are made to provide the best linear fit over the transducer range.
Upright series of granulators are available with 250 to 700 lb/hr throughput and throat sizes ranging from 6 x 8 in.
Units are used to control product flow in bulk handling operations such as packaging, batching, mixing, drying, weighing, sprinkling, dusting and spreading; and handle a variety of materials from dry to damp, cold to hot, fine to coarse, with bulk densities ranging from 5 to 400 lb/cu ft.
Dukane 20- and 40-kHz ultrasonic welding systems, ranging in power output from 350 to 2000 w, are said to consume less energy, improve quality, and eliminate need for fasteners or adhesives.
They are available in sizes ranging from cubes and pellets to powders.