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1. To set in a row or in rows to place in a regular line, lines or ranks to dispose in the proper order as, to range troops in a body to range men or ships in the order of battle.
2. To dispose in proper classes, orders or divisions as, to range plants and animals in genera and species.
3. To dispose in a proper manner to place in regular method in a general sense. Range and arrange are used indifferently in the same sense.
4. To rove over to pass over.

Teach him to range the ditch and force the brake.

This use is elliptical, over being omitted.

5. To sail or pass in a direction parallel to or near as, to range the coast, that is, along the coast.


1. To rove at large to wander without restraint or direction.

As a roaring lion and a ranging bear. Proverbs 28 .

2. To be placed in order to be ranked.

'Tis better to be lowly born, and range with humble livers in content -

In this sense, rank is now used.

3. To lie in a particular direction.

Which way thy forests range -

We say, the front of a house ranges with the line of the street.

4. To sail or pass near or in the direction of as, to range along the coast.

RANGE, n. See Rank.

1. A row a rank things in a line as a range of buildings a range of mountains ranges of colors.
2. A class an order.

The next range of beings above him are the immaterial intelligences -

3. A wandering or roving excursion.

He may take a range all the world over.

4. Space or room for excursion.

A man has not enough range of thought -

5. Compass or extent of excursion space taken in by any thing extended or ranked in order as the range of Newton's thought. No philosopher has embraced a wider range.

Far as creation's ample range extends.

6. The step of a ladder. Corrupted in popular language to rung.
7. A kitchen grate.
8. A bolting sieve to sift meal.
9. In gunnery, the path of a bullet or bomb, or the line it describes from the mouth of the piece to the point where it lodges or the whole distance which it passes. When a cannon lies horizontally, it is called the right level, or point blank range when the muzzle is elevated to 45 degrees, it is called the utmost range. To this may be added the ricochet, the rolling or bounding shot, with the piece elevated from three to six degrees.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Range'. King James Dictionary.

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