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1. ranging

wandering freely

Example Sentences:
'at night in bed...his slowly ranging thoughts...encountered her'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of ranging
the limits within which a person or thing can function effectively
the range of vision
the limits within which any fluctuation takes place
a range of values
the total products of a manufacturer, designer, or stockist
the new autumn range
the maximum effective distance of a projectile fired from a weapon
the distance between a target and a weapon
an area set aside for shooting practice or rocket testing
the total distance which a ship, aircraft, or land vehicle is capable of covering without taking on fresh fuel
the range of this car is about 160 miles
7. physics
the distance that a particle of ionizing radiation, such as an electron or proton, can travel through a given medium, esp air, before ceasing to cause ionization
8. mathematics, logic
(of a function) the set of values that the function takes for all possible arguments
Compare domain (sense 7a)
(of a variable) the set of values that a variable can take
(of a quantifier) the set of values that the variable bound by the quantifier can take
9. statistics
a measure of dispersion obtained by subtracting the smallest from the largest sample values
the extent of pitch difference between the highest and lowest notes of a voice, instrument, etc
11. US and Canadian
an extensive tract of open land on which livestock can graze
(as modifier)
range cattle
the geographical region in which a species of plant or animal normally grows or lives
a rank, row, or series of items
a series or chain of mountains
a large stove with burners and one or more ovens, usually heated by solid fuel
the act or process of ranging
17. nautical
a line of sight taken from the sea along two or more navigational aids that mark a navigable channel
the extension or direction of a survey line, established by marking two or more points
a double-faced bookcase, as in a library
20.  range of significance
to establish or be situated in a line, row, or series
22. (tr; often reflexive; foll by with)
to put into a specific category; classify
she ranges herself with the angels
23. (foll by on)
to aim or point (a telescope, gun, etc) or (of a gun, telescope, etc) to be pointed or aimed
to establish the distance of (a target) from (a weapon)
25. (intransitive)
(of a gun or missile) to have a specified range
26. (when intr, foll by over)
to traverse (an area); roam (over)
27. (intransitive; foll by over)
(of an animal or plant) to live or grow in its normal habitat
28. (transitive)
to put (cattle) to graze on a range
29. (intransitive)
to fluctuate within specific limits
their ages range from 18 to 21
30. (intransitive)
to extend or run in a specific direction
31. (transitive) nautical
to coil (an anchor rope or chain) so that it will pay out smoothly
32. (intransitive) nautical
(of a vessel) to swing back and forth while at anchor
33. (transitive)
to make (lines of printers' type) level or even at the margin

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see synonyms of ranging
verb transitiveWord forms: ranged or ˈranging
to arrange in a certain order; esp., to set in a row or rows
to put into the proper class or classes; systematize
to place with others in a cause, party, etc.
to range oneself with the rebels
to put (a gun, telescope, etc.) in a line with the target or object, at a proper angle of elevation; train
5.  Rare
to make level or even
to travel over or through; roam about
to range the woods
to travel or move along
to range the coastline
8.  US
to put out (cattle, etc.) to graze on a range
to arrange (the anchor cable) in even rows on deck
verb intransitive
to extend, reach, or lie in a given direction or in a row
hills ranging toward the south
to wander about; roam
to move about an area, as in hunting
dogs ranging through the woods
to have a specified range
a gun that ranges five miles
to vary between stated limits
children ranging in age from 5 to 12
15.  Biology
to be native to a specified region
a row, line, or series; rank
a class, kind, or order
a series of connected mountains considered as a single system
the maximum effective horizontal distance that a weapon can fire its projectile
the horizontal distance from a weapon to its target
the path of flight for a missile or rocket
the distance to or from any target, goal, or object of interest
to view a wild animal at close range
the maximum distance a plane, etc. can travel without fueling
a place for shooting practice
a place for testing rockets in flight
the full extent over which something moves or is heard, seen, understood, effective, etc.; scope
the range of one's studies
full extent of pitch, from highest to lowest tones, of a voice, instrument, composition, etc.
a wandering or roaming
25.  US
a large, open area of land over which livestock can wander and graze
the limits of possible variations of amount, degree, etc.
a wide range of prices
a unit for cooking, typically including an oven and surface heating units and usually operated by gas or electricity
28.  US
in U.S. public surveying, a strip of land between two meridian lines six miles apart, constituting a row of townships
29.  Biology
the region to which a plant or animal is native
30.  Ancient Mathematics
the set of all distinct values that may be taken on by a given function
31.  Statistics
the difference between the largest and smallest values in a sample
adjective US
of a range, or open grazing place

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see synonyms of 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.

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