extent
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French estente, extente land valuation, from extendre, estendre to survey, evaluate, literally, to extend Date: 14th century 1. archaic valuation (as of land) in Great Britain especially for taxation 2. a. seizure (as of land) in execution of a writ of extent in Great Britain; also the condition of being so seized b. a writ giving to a creditor temporary possession of his debtor's property 3. a. the range over which something extends ; scope <
the extent of her jurisdiction
>
b. the point, degree, or limit to which something extends <
using talents to the greatest extent
>
c. the amount of space or surface that something occupies or the distance over which it extends ; magnitude <
the extent of the forest
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Extent — Ex*tent , n. [L. extentus, fr. extendere. See {Extend}.] 1. Space or degree to which a thing is extended; hence, superficies; compass; bulk; size; length; as, an extent of country or of line; extent of information or of charity. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Extent — has several meanings: *Extent (file systems), a contiguous piece of a file on a computer storage medium *Wingspan, the extent between the tips of the wings of a bird, bat, or other flying animal *Reach (physical measurement), the extent between… …   Wikipedia

  • extent — I noun amount, area, borders, bounds, breadth, circuit, compass, comprehensiveness, coverage, degree, dimensions, distance, expanse, gauge, hactenus, length, limit, limitation, magnitude, measure, quantity, range, reach, scope, size, space,… …   Law dictionary

  • extent — ► NOUN 1) the area covered by something. 2) size or scale. 3) the degree to which something is the case: everyone compromises to some extent. ORIGIN Old French extente, from Latin extendere stretch out …   English terms dictionary

  • extent — [ek stent′, ikstent′] n. [ME extente < Anglo Fr < OFr estente < estendre < L extendere] 1. the space, amount, or degree to which a thing extends; size; length; breadth 2. range or limits of anything; scope; coverage 3. an extended… …   English World dictionary

  • Extent — Ex*tent , a. [L. extentus, p. p. of extendere. See {Extend}.] Extended. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Extent — Extent, in England der mit Hülfsvollstreckung in die Güter verbundene persönliche Arrest …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • extent — early 14c., from Anglo Fr. extente, O.Fr. estente valuation of land, stretch of land, from fem. pp. of O.Fr. extendre extend, from L. extendere (see EXTEND (Cf. extend)). Meaning degree to which something extends is from 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

  • extent — *size, dimensions, area, magnitude, volume Analogous words: *range, scope, compass, sweep, reach, radius: stretch, spread, amplitude, *expanse …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • extent — [n] range, magnitude admeasurement, ambit, amount, amplitude, area, bounds, breadth, bulk, capaciousness, compass, degree, dimensions, duration, elbowroom*, expanse, expansion, extension, intensity, leeway, length, limit, mass, matter, measure,… …   New thesaurus

  • extent — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ full, greatest, maximum, overall ▪ The overall extent of civilian casualties remained unclear. ▪ actual, exact, precise …   Collocations dictionary

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