General English

  • noun a choice or series of things which are available
  • noun a distance which you can go; a distance over which you can see or hear
  • noun a series of buildings or mountains in line
  • verb to include all things within a range

General Science

  • noun an area within two or more points
  • verb to move over a wide area


  • noun a scale of items from a low point to a high one


  • noun a large area of grass-covered farmland used for raising cattle or sheep
  • noun open space, particularly for poultry.


  • noun the maximum distance an aircraft can fly on a given amount of fuel


  • noun a set of activities or products of the same general type or variety
  • verb to be within a group of sizes or amounts falling within fixed limits


  • noun a set of allowed values between a maximum and minimum
  • verb to put text in order to one side


  • A row or course of masonry.
  • A straight line of objects such as columns.
  • The difference between prices, costs, estimates, and bids.
  • The difference between the hot water temperature entering a cooling tower and the cold water leaving a cooling tower.


  • The upper and lower limits within which a given fluctuation or value may occur. Also, any interval which has upper and lower limits, such as the continuous interval of frequencies within which a component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, or system operates.
  • The upper and lower limits within which a given fluctuation or value actually occurs. For instance, a temperature range, or an audibility curve.
  • A range (1) specified for a given parameter, such as that required for proper operation. For example, an amplitude range, an input-voltage range, or a carrier frequency range.
  • A range (1) which is arbitrarily established. For instance, the infrared range, or a cryogenic temperature range.
  • The maximum distance within which a given process or level or performance is maintained. For example, a dynamic range, or the maximum useful distance from a transmitting antenna to a receiver.
  • The distance between two points, objects, or locations. For instance, that between a location from where an object is being observed, and said object.
  • The maximum distance a part, such as a robotic arm, may move or travel. Also called range of motion.
  • The maximum distance between two particles or entities at which there is a measurable effect. For example, the maximum distance at which two particles may experience an attractive or repulsive force.
  • The complete range (1) of readings or values a scale can indicate, or the upper and lower limits of such a scale.


  • A large cooking stove with several burners and one or more ovens which are usually kept hot and ready for use


  • The observed maximum and minimum prices traded for an asset during a given time period or trading session. When forex market volatility increases for a currency pair, the observed daily range for the pair also tends to widen as the market demonstrates broader exchange rate fluctuations.

Health Economics

  • (written as Range)
    The difference between the smallest and the largest in a set of numbers.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a large free-standing bookcase in a library that is built to hold books on both sides


  • noun a series of different but similar things
  • noun the difference between lowest and highest values in a series of data


  • noun the maximum distance that a weapon can fire
  • noun the distance between a weapon and its target
  • noun an area of ground used for shooting practice


  • verb to give an even edge to lines of type


  • noun a large cooking stove, usually with two or more ovens

Origin & History of “range”

Range and rank come ultimately from the same source: Old French ranc. this was borrowed directly into English as rank, but it subsequently developed to rang, from which was derived the verb rangier ‘set in a row’ (ancestor of English arrange). This in turn produced the noun range ‘rank, row’.