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See also: Scope and -scope




  • IPA(key): /ˈskəʊp/
  • IPA(key): /ˈskoʊp/
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  • Hyphenation: scope
  • Rhymes: -əʊp

Etymology 1Edit

From Italian scopo (purpose), from Latin scopus (target)[1][2], from Ancient Greek σκοπός (skopós), from σκέπτομαι (sképtomai), from Proto-Indo-European *speḱ-. Etymologically related to skeptic and spectrum.


scope (plural scopes)

4x rifle scope
  1. The breadth, depth or reach of a subject; a domain.
  2. (weaponry) A device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target.
    Synonym: telescopic sight
    • 2014, Sgt. Jack Coughlin, Donald A. Davis, On Scope: A Sniper Novel, St. Martin's Press (→ISBN)
      Coastie yanked her eye away from the night scope when those big lights were caught by it and amplified in intensity. Her entire view had gone white in an instant. “I can't see!” Temporarily blinded, she let touch become her primary sense, dropped the M40, and grabbed her alternate weapon, an M16 with an ACOG day scope that was already registered for the same distance.
  3. (computing) The region of program source in which an identifier is meaningful.
    • 2001, Mary Campione, Kathy Walrath, Alison Huml, The Java Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics, Addison-Wesley Professional (→ISBN), page 72
      A variable's scope is the region of a program within which the variable can be referred to by its simple name. Secondarily, scope also determines when the system creates and destroys memory for the variable. Scope is distinct from visibility, which applies only to member variables and determines whether the variable can be used from outside of the class within which it is declared.
  4. (logic) The shortest sub-wff of which a given instance of a logical connective is a part.
  5. (linguistics) The region of an utterance to which some modifying element applies.
    the scope of an adverb
  6. (slang) A periscope, telescope, microscope or oscilloscope.
  7. (medicine, colloquial) Any medical procedure that ends in the suffix -scopy, such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, etc.
computing: region of program source where identifier is meaningful
Derived termsEdit


scope (third-person singular simple present scopes, present participle scoping, simple past and past participle scoped)

  1. To perform a cursory investigation, as to 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. (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.

Etymology 2Edit

Latin scopa


scope (plural scopes)

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


  1. ^ scope” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.
  2. ^ scope” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.




scope f

  1. plural of scopa