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  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. 
  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. 
  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]: 
  adj  :  wandering  freely:  "at  night  in  bed...his  slowly  ranging 
  thoughts...encountered  her" 

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