Ex·tent a. Extended. [Obs.]
1. Space or degree to which a thing is extended; hence, superficies; compass; bulk; size; length; as, an extent of country or of line; extent of information or of charity.
Life in its large extent is scare a span. --Cotton.
2. Degree; measure; proportion. “The extent to which we can make ourselves what we wish to be.”
3. Eng. Law (a) A peculiar species of execution upon debts due to the crown, under which the lands and goods of the debtor may be seized to secure payment. (b) A process of execution by which the lands and goods of a debtor are valued and delivered to the creditor.
n 1: the point or degree to which something extends; "the extent
of the damage"; "the full extent of the law"; "to a
certain extent she was right"
2: the distance or area or volume over which something extends;
"the vast extent of the desert"; "an orchard of