1. That at which one aims; the thing or end to which the mind directs its view; that which is purposed to be reached or accomplished; hence, ultimate design, aim, or purpose; intention; drift; object. “Shooting wide, do miss the marked scope.”
Your scope is as mine own,
So to enforce or qualify the laws
As to your soul seems good. --Shak.
The scope of all their pleading against man's authority, is to overthrow such laws and constitutions in the church. --Hooker.
2. Room or opportunity for free outlook or aim; space for action; amplitude of opportunity; free course or vent; liberty; range of view, intent, or action.
Give him line and scope. --Shak.
In the fate and fortunes of the human race, scope is given to the operation of laws which man must always fail to discern the reasons of. --I. Taylor.
Excuse me if I have given too much scope to the reflections which have arisen in my mind. --Burke.
An intellectual cultivation of no moderate depth or scope. --Hawthorne.
3. Extended area. [Obs.] “The scopes of land granted to the first adventurers.”
4. Length; extent; sweep; as, scope of cable.
n 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,
2: the state of the environment in which a situation exists;
"you can't do that in a university setting" [syn: setting,
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