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ranging


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Range  \Range\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Ranged};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Ranging}.]  [OE.  rengen  OF  rengier  F.  ranger,  OF  renc 
  row,  rank,  F.  rang;  of  German  origin.  See  {Rane},  n.] 
  1.  To  set  in  a  row,  or  in  rows;  to  place  in  a  regular  line  or 
  lines,  or  in  ranks;  to  dispose  in  the  proper  order  to 
  rank;  as  to  range  soldiers  in  line 
 
  Maccabeus  ranged  his  army  by  hands.  --2  Macc.  xii. 
  20. 
 
  2.  To  place  (as  a  single  individual)  among  others  in  a  line 
  row,  or  order  as  in  the  ranks  of  an  army;  --  usually, 
  reflexively  and  figuratively,  (in  the  sense)  to  espouse  a 
  cause  to  join  a  party,  etc 
 
  It  would  be  absurd  in  me  to  range  myself  on  the  side 
  of  the  Duke  of  Bedford  and  the  corresponding 
  society.  --Burke. 
 
  3.  To  separate  into  parts  to  sift.  [Obs.]  --Holland. 
 
  4.  To  dispose  in  a  classified  or  in  systematic  order  to 
  arrange  regularly;  as  to  range  plants  and  animals  in 
  genera  and  species. 
 
  5.  To  rove  over  or  through  as  to  range  the  fields. 
 
  Teach  him  to  range  the  ditch,  and  force  the  brake. 
  --Gay. 
 
  6.  To  sail  or  pass  in  a  direction  parallel  to  or  near  as  to 
  range  the  coast. 
 
  Note:  Compare  the  last  two  senses  (5  and  6)  with  the  French 
  ranger  une  c[^o]te. 
 
  7.  (Biol.)  To  be  native  to  or  to  live  in  to  frequent. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ranging 
  adj  :  wandering  freely:  "at  night  in  bed...his  slowly  ranging 
  thoughts...encountered  her" 




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