Scope vs Breadth what difference

what is difference between Scope and Breadth



  • IPA(key): /ˈskəʊp/
  • IPA(key): /ˈskoʊp/
  • Hyphenation: scope
  • Rhymes: -əʊp

Etymology 1

From Italian scopo (purpose), from Latin scopus (target), from Ancient Greek σκοπός (skopós), from σκέπτομαι (sképtomai), from Proto-Indo-European *speḱ-. Etymologically related to skeptic and spectrum.


scope (countable and uncountable, plural scopes)

  1. The breadth, depth or reach of a subject; a domain.
  2. (weaponry) A device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target.
    Synonym: telescopic sight
    • 2014, Sgt. Jack Coughlin, Donald A. Davis, On Scope: A Sniper Novel, St. Martin’s Press (→ISBN)
  3. Opportunity; broad range; degree of freedom.
    • 2001, Mike Hughes, Andy Vass, Strategies for Closing the Learning Gap (page 19)
      It is also true that the vast majority of teachers are highly skilled and experienced professionals who are already doing an excellent job in the classroom, thus leaving relatively little scope for improvement.
    • 2014, Mary Kitt-Neel, Lie Down in Princess Position
      She had in fact put in a resume at another firm that gave their graphics team much more scope.
  4. (programming) The region of program source code in which a given identifier is meaningful, or a given object can be accessed.
    • 2001, Mary Campione, Kathy Walrath, Alison Huml, The Java Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics, Addison-Wesley Professional (→ISBN), page 72
  5. (logic) The shortest sub-wff of which a given instance of a logical connective is a part.
  6. (linguistics) The region of an utterance to which some modifying element applies.
  7. (slang) A periscope, telescope, microscope or oscilloscope.
  8. (medicine, colloquial) Any medical procedure that ends in the suffix -scopy, such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, etc.
Derived terms
  • in-scope
  • scopeless
  • Irish: scóp


scope (third-person singular simple present scopes, present participle scoping, simple past and past participle scoped)

  1. (informal, transitive) To perform a cursory investigation of; scope out.
  2. (medicine, colloquial) To perform any medical procedure that ends in the suffix -scopy, such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, etc.
    The surgeon will scope the football player’s knee to repair damage to a ligament.
  3. (programming) To limit (an object or variable) to a certain region of program source code.
    If we locally scope the user’s login name, it won’t be accessible from outside this function.
  4. (informal) To examine under a microscope.
    The entomologist explained that he could not tell what species of springtail we were looking at without scoping it.
  5. (birdwatching, informal) To observe a bird using a spotting scope.

Etymology 2

Latin scopa


scope (plural scopes)

  1. (obsolete) A bundle, as of twigs.



  • OPSEC, Pecos, copes, copse



scope f

  1. plural of scopa


  • cespo, pesco, pescò, speco




  1. vocative singular of scopus



From Middle English breedthe, bredethe, alteration (due to nouns ending in -th: length, strength, wrength, etc.) of Middle English brede (“breadth”; see bread). Equivalent to broad +‎ -th. Cognate with Scots bredth (breadth), Saterland Frisian Bratte (breadth), West Frisian breedte (breadth), Dutch breedte (breadth), German Low German Breddte, Breddt (breadth), German Breite (breadth), Danish bredde (breadth), Swedish bredd (breadth).


  • IPA(key): /bɹɛdθ/, /bɹɛtθ/, /bɹɛθ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛdθ


breadth (countable and uncountable, plural breadths)

  1. The extent or measure of how broad or wide something is.
  2. A piece of fabric of standard width.
  3. Scope or range, especially of knowledge or skill.
  4. (art) A style in painting in which details are strictly subordinated to the harmony of the whole composition.
  5. (graph theory) The length of the longest path between two vertices in a graph.


  • (extent or measure of how broad something is): width
  • (piece of fabric of standard width):
  • (scope or range): extent, range, scope, size

Derived terms


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