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Dictionary Definition



1 an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in the political orbit of a world power" [syn: range, reach, orbit, compass, ambit]
2 the state of the environment in which a situation exists; "you can't do that in a university setting" [syn: setting, background]
3 a magnifier of images of distant objects [syn: telescope]
4 electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities [syn: oscilloscope, cathode-ray oscilloscope, CRO]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈskəʊp/, /"sk@Up/
  • /ˈskoʊp/, /"skoUp/
    Rhymes: -əʊp


  1. A short version of periscope, or telescope or oscilloscope
  2. The breadth, depth or reach of a subject; a domain.
  3. a device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target
  4. The scope of an identifier is the region of a program source within which it represents a certain thing.


short version of periscope, or telescope or oscilloscope
breadth, depth or reach of a subject; a domain
device used in aiming a projectile
scope of an identifier is the region of a program source within which it represents a certain thing


  1. To perform a cursory investigation, as to scope out.
  2. To perform arthroscopic surgery.
    The surgeon will scope the football player's knee to repair damage to a ligament.


To perform a cursory investigation
To perform arthroscopic surgery




  1. Plural of scopa

Extensive Definition

Scope may refer to:
In devices and instruments:
  • -scope is a suffix used in English, for devices or instruments which are looked through, or looked at, or are used for observing or demonstrating; any instrument whose name ends in -scope can be referred to colloquially as a "scope"
  • A telescopic sight mounted on a firearm

See also

  • Scope (mouthwash), a mouthwash brand made by Procter & Gamble
  • A film shot or projected anamorphically; originally referred to CinemaScope, but now applies to all anamorphic prints
  • Scopes Trial (Scopes v. State, 152 Tenn. 424, 278 S.W. 57 (Tenn. 1925), often called the "Scopes Monkey Trial"), a landmark case regarding the teaching of the theory of evolution
  • Scopes
  • Cope %28disambiguation%29
scope in Spanish: Alcance
scope in Japanese: スコープ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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