• IPA: /ˈskəʊp/
  • IPA: /ˈskoʊp/


  1. The breadth, depth or reach of a subject; a domain.
  2. (weapons) A device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target.
    Synonyms: telescopic sight
    • 2014, Sgt. Jack Coughlin, Donald A. Davis, On Scope: A Sniper Novel, St. Martin's Press (ISBN 9781250037923)
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  3. Opportunity; broad range; degree of freedom.
    • 2001, Mike Hughes, ‎Andy Vass, Strategies for Closing the Learning Gap (page 19)
      It is also true that the vast majority of teachers are highly skilled and experienced professionals who are already doing an excellent job in the classroom, thus leaving relatively little scope for improvement.
    • 2014, Mary Kitt-Neel, Lie Down in Princess Position
      She had in fact put in a resume at another firm that gave their graphics team much more scope.
  4. (programming) The region of program source code in which a given identifier is meaningful, or a given object can be accessed.
    • 2001, Mary Campione, Kathy Walrath, Alison Huml, The Java Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics, Addison-Wesley Professional (ISBN 9780201703931), page 72
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  5. (logic) The shortest sub-wff of which a given instance of a logical connective is a part.
  6. (linguistics) The region of an utterance to which some modifying element applies.
    the scope of an adverb
  7. (slang) A periscope, telescope, microscope or oscilloscope.
  8. (medicine, colloquial) Any medical procedure that ends in the suffix -scopy, such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, etc.
Translations Translations
  • French: portée
  • German: Gültigkeitsbereich
  • Russian: область видимости
  • Spanish: alcance, ámbito

scope (scopes, present participle scoping; past and past participle scoped)

  1. (informal, transitive) To perform a cursory investigation of; scope out.
  2. (medicine, colloquial) To perform any medical procedure that ends in the suffix -scopy, such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, etc.
    The surgeon will scope the football player's knee to repair damage to a ligament.
  3. (programming) To limit (an object or variable) to a certain region of program source code.
    If we locally scope the user's login name, it won't be accessible from outside this function.
  4. (slang) To examine under a microscope.
    The entomologist explained that he could not tell what species of springtail we were looking at without scoping it.

scope (plural scopes)

  1. (obsolete) A bundle, as of twigs.

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