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Definition: range finder
n : a measuring instrument (acoustic or optical or electronic)
for finding the distance of an object [syn: rangefinder
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Definition: Range finder
, n. [From Range
, v.: cf. F. rang['e]e.]
1. A series of things in a line; a row; a rank; as, a range
of buildings; a range of mountains.
2. An aggregate of individuals in one rank or degree; an
order; a class.
The next range of beings above him are the
immaterial intelligences. --Sir M. Hale.
3. The step of a ladder; a rung. --Clarendon.
4. A kitchen grate. [Obs.]
He was bid at his first coming to take off the
range, and let down the cinders. --L'Estrange.
5. An extended cooking apparatus of cast iron, set in
brickwork, and affording conveniences for various ways of
cooking; also, a kind of cooking stove.
6. A bolting sieve to sift meal. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
7. A wandering or roving; a going to and fro; an excursion; a
ramble; an expedition.
He may take a range all the world over. --South.
8. That which may be ranged over; place or room for
excursion; especially, a region of country in which cattle
or sheep may wander and pasture.
9. Extent or space taken in by anything excursive; compass or
extent of excursion; reach; scope; discursive power; as,
the range of one's voice, or authority.
Far as creation's ample range extends. --Pope.
The range and compass of Hammond's knowledge filled
the whole circle of the arts. --Bp. Fell.
A man has not enough range of thought. --Addison.
10. (Biol.) The region within which a plant or animal
(a) The horizontal distance to which a shot or other
projectile is carried.
(b) Sometimes, less properly, the trajectory of a shot or
(c) A place where shooting, as with cannons or rifles, is
12. In the public land system of the United States, a row or
line of townships lying between two successive meridian
lines six miles apart.
Note: The meridians included in each great survey are
numbered in order east and west from the “principal
of that survey, and the townships in the
range are numbered north and south from the “base
which runs east and west; as, township No. 6,
N., range 7, W., from the fifth principal meridian.
13. (Naut.) See Range of cable
Range of accommodation
(Optics), the distance between the
near point and the far point of distinct vision, --
usually measured and designated by the strength of the
lens which if added to the refracting media of the eye
would cause the rays from the near point to appear as if
they came from the far point.
(Gunnery), an instrument, or apparatus,
variously constructed, for ascertaining the distance of an
inaccessible object, -- used to determine what elevation
must be given to a gun in order to hit the object; a
Range of cable
(Naut.), a certain length of slack cable
ranged along the deck preparatory to letting go the
(Masonry), masonry of squared stones laid in
courses each of which is of even height throughout the
length of the wall; -- distinguished from broken range
work, which consists of squared stones laid in courses not
continuously of even height.
To get the range of
(an object) (Gun.), to find the angle
at which the piece must be raised to reach (the object)
without carrying beyond.