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EtymologyEdit

From Anglo-Norman extente, from Old French estente ‎(valuation of land, stretch of land), from extendre ‎(extend), from Latin extendere (See extend.)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɪksˈtɛnt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛnt
  • Hyphenation: ex‧tent

NounEdit

extent ‎(plural extents)

  1. A range of values or locations.
  2. The space, area, volume, etc., to which something extends.
    The extent of his knowledge of the language is a few scattered words.
    • 1827, Conrad Malte-Brun, Universal Geography, or A Description of All the Parts of the World, on a New Plan, Edinburgh: Adam Black, volume 6, book 101, 285:
      The surface of the Balaton and the surrounding marshes is not less than 24 German square miles, or 384 English square miles; its principal feeder is the Szala, but all the water it receives appears inconsiderable relatively to its superficial extent, and the quantity lost in evaporation.
    • 2014 November 14, Blake Bailey, “'Tennessee Williams,' by John Lahr [print version: Theatrical victory of art over life, International New York Times, 18 November 2014, p. 13]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      [S]he [Edwina, mother of Tennessee Williams] was indeed Amanda [Wingfield, character in Williams' play The Glass Menagerie] in the flesh: a doughty chatterbox from Ohio who adopted the manner of a Southern belle and eschewed both drink and sex to the greatest extent possible.
  3. (computing) A contiguous area of storage in a file system.

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AdjectiveEdit

extent ‎(comparative more extent, superlative most extent)

  1. (obsolete) Extended.
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