(Range) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ranged (ranjd); p. pr. & vb. n. Ranging ] [OE. rengen, OF. rengier,
F. ranger, OF. renc row, rank, F. rang; of German origin. See Rank, 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 bands.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
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.
Compare the last two senses (5 and 6) with the French ranger une côte.
7. (Biol.) To be native to, or to live in; to frequent.
(Range), v. i.
1. To rove at large; to wander without restraint or direction; to roam.
Like a ranging spaniel that barks at every bird he sees.Burton.
2. To have range; to change or differ within limits; to be capable of projecting, or to admit of being projected,
especially as to horizontal distance; as, the temperature ranged through seventy degrees Fahrenheit; the
gun ranges three miles; the shot ranged four miles.
3. To be placed in order; to be ranked; to admit of arrangement or classification; to rank.
And range with humble livers in content.Shak.
4. To have a certain direction; to correspond in direction; to be or keep in a corresponding line; to trend or
run; often followed by with; as, the front of a house ranges with the street; to range along the coast.
Which way the forests range.Dryden.
5. (Biol.) To be native to, or live in, a certain district or region; as, the peba ranges from Texas to Paraguay.
Syn. To rove; roam; ramble; wander; stroll.
(Range), n. [From Range, v.: cf. F. rangée.]
1. A series of things in a line; a row; a rank; as, a range of buildings; a range of mountains.