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Italian scopo aim, purpose, < Greek σκοπός mark for shooting at, aim


  • 1.extent or range of view, outlook, application, operation, effectiveness, etc.: an investigation of wide scope.
  • for movement or activity; opportunity for operation: to give one's fancy full scope.
  • 3.extent in space; a tract or area.
  • 4.length: a scope of cable.
  • 5.aim or purpose.
  • 6.Linguistics, Logic . the range of words or elements of an expression over which a modifier or operator has control: In “old men and women,” “old” may either take “men and women” or just “men” in its scope.
  • 7.(used as a short form of microscope, oscilloscope, periscope, radarscope, riflescope, telescopic sight, etc.)


A 'telescopic sight', commonly called a scope, is an optical device used to give additional accuracy using a point of aim for firearms, airguns and crossbows. Other sighting systems are iron sights, reflex sights, and laser sights.[1]