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noun
  1. Line or series of mountains.
  2. Large fuel-burning stove.
  3. Selection, array. Eg: A range of cars.
  4. Area used for shooting, artillery, etc.
  5. An area of open, often unfenced, grazing land.
  6. (mathematics) The set of values (points) which a function can obtain.
  7. (statistics) The length of the smallest interval which contains all the data. It is calculated by subtracting the smallest observations from the greatest.
  8. The distance to a target, or to the subject of discussion.
We could see the ship at a range of five miles.
  1. (sports) (baseball) The defensive area that a player can cover.
Jones has good for a big man.
  1. (music) Compass - The scale of all the tones a voice or an instrument can produce.
  2. (ecology) The geographical area or zone where a species is normally naturally found.
verb (ranges, ranging, ranged)
  1. (intransitive) (followed by over) To travel over (an area, etc) with a particular purpose.
  2. (intransitive) (mathematics, computing; followed by over) Of a variable, to be able to take any of the values in a specified range.
The variable x ranges over all real values from 0 to 10.
  1. (transitive) classify
refugium Tweet Definition of refugium Like Definition of refugium on Facebook
noun (refugia)
  1. Any local environment that has escaped regional ecological change and therefore provides a habitat for endangered species
relict Tweet Definition of relict Like Definition of relict on Facebook
noun
  1. (archaic) the surviving member of a married couple after one or the other has died; a widow or widower
  • 1973: But I am not the penniless nonentity I was when we first met; I can offer an honorable if not a brilliant marriage; and at the very lowest I can provide my wife " my widow, my " with a decent competence, an assured future. " Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise
    1. (context, biology, geology) a species or other structure which has survived from a previous age
    2. (linguistics) a survival of an archaic word, language or other form
adjective
  1. surviving, remaining
  2. that is a relict, pertaining to a relict
  • 1992: In the lakes and in the streams were species of fish not known elsewhere on earth and birds and lizards and other forms of life as well all long here for the desert stretched away on every side. " Cormac McCarthy?, All the Pretty Horses

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