"ranges" in the noun sense
1. scope, range, reach, orbit, compass, ambit
an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"
"a piano has a greater range than the human voice"
"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"
2. range, reach
the limits within which something can be effective
"range of motion"
"he was beyond the reach of their fire"
a large tract of grassy open land on which livestock can graze
"they used to drive the cattle across the open range every spring"
"he dreamed of a home on the range"
4. range, mountain range, range of mountains, chain, mountain chain, chain of mountains
a series of hills or mountains
"the valley was between two ranges of hills"
"the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"
a place for shooting (firing or driving) projectiles of various kinds
"the army maintains a missile range in the desert"
"any good golf club will have a range where you can practice"
a variety of different things or activities
"he answered a range of questions"
"he was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection"
7. image, range, range of a function
mathematics) the set of values of the dependent variable for which a function is defined
"the image of f(x) = x^2 is the set of all non-negative real numbers if the domain of the function is the set of all real numbers"
8. compass, range, reach, grasp
the limit of capability
"within the compass of education"
9. stove, kitchen stove, range, kitchen range, cooking stove
a kitchen appliance used for cooking food
"dinner was already on the stove"
"ranges" in the verb sense
1. range, run
change or be different within limits
"Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion"
"Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent"
"The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals"
"My students range from very bright to dull"
2. roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond
move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
"The gypsies roamed the woods"
"the wandering Jew"
"The cattle roam across the prairie"
"the laborers drift from one town to the next"
"They rolled from town to town"
have a range be capable of projecting over a certain distance, as of a gun
"This gun ranges over two miles"
4. range, straddle
range or extend over occupy a certain area
"The plants straddle the entire state"
5. range, array, lay out, set out
lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line
"lay out the clothes"
"lay out the arguments"
6. crop, browse, graze, range, pasture
feed as in a meadow or pasture
"the herd was grazing"
"range the animals in the prairie"
8. rate, rank, range, order, grade, place
assign a rank or rating to
"how would you rank these students?"
"The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
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