1 opportunity for exercising the faculties or abilities; capacity for action
2 range of view, perception, or grasp; outlook
3 the area covered by an activity, topic, etc.; range
the scope of his thesis was vast
4 (Nautical) slack left in an anchor cable
5 (Logic, linguistics) that part of an expression that is governed by a given operator: the scope of the negation in PV--(q<conj>r) is --(q<conj>r)
6 Informal short for telescope, microscope, oscilloscope, etc.
7 Archaic purpose or aim (C16: from Italian scopo goal, from Latin scopus, from Greek skopos target; related to Greek skopein to watch)
n the range of topics within the scope of a particular set of negotiations leading to a collective agreement
n combining form indicating an instrument for observing, viewing, or detecting
(from New Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion, from skopein to look at)
-scopic adj combining form
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