John Thomas, 1901–70, U.S. high-school teacher whose teaching of the Darwinian theory of evolution became a cause célèbre (Scopes Trial or Monkey Trial) in 1925.
extent or range of view, outlook, application, operation, effectiveness, etc.:
an investigation of wide scope.
space for movement or activity; opportunity for operation:
to give one’s fancy full scope.
extent in space; a tract or area.
a scope of cable.
aim or purpose.
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.
(used as a short form of microscope, oscilloscope, periscope, radarscope, riflescope, telescopic sight, etc.)
verb (used with object), scoped, scoping.
Slang. to look at, read, or investigate, as in order to evaluate or appreciate.
scope out, Slang.
to look at or over; examine; check out:
a rock musician scoping out the audience before going on stage.
to master; figure out:
By the time we’d scoped out the problem, it was too late.
opportunity for exercising the faculties or abilities; capacity for action: plenty of scope for improvement
range of view, perception, or grasp; outlook
the area covered by an activity, topic, etc; range: the scope of his thesis was vast
(nautical) slack left in an anchor cable
(logic, linguistics) that part of an expression that is governed by a given operator: the scope of the negation in PV–(q∧r) is –(q∧r)
(informal) short for telescope, microscope, oscilloscope
(archaic) purpose or aim
(informal) to look at or examine carefully
- Scopes trial
noun 1. John Thomas, 1901–70, U.S. high-school teacher whose teaching of the Darwinian theory of evolution became a cause célèbre (Scopes Trial or Monkey Trial) in 1925. Scopes trial definition The trial of John Scopes, a high school teacher in Tennessee, for teaching the theory of evolution in violation of state law. The trial was […]
noun 1. Slang. the act or practice of eyeing or examining, as in order to evaluate or appreciate. adjective 2. of or involving an investigation or discussion to determine the effect a proposed policy or project would have on a community or the local environment: The public is invited to the scoping meeting on the […]
- Scoping study
noun 1. a preliminary study to define the scope of a project
noun, Pharmacology. 1. a colorless, syrupy, water-soluble alkaloid, C 1 7 H 2 1 NO 4 , obtained from certain plants of the nightshade family, used chiefly as a sedative and mydriatic and to alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness. noun 1. a colourless viscous liquid alkaloid extracted from certain plants, such as henbane: used […]