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Meaning of extent by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Anglo-Norman extente, from Old French estente ( “valuation of land, stretch of land” ), from extendre ( “extend” ), from Latin extendere ( See extend. )


    extent ( plural: extents )

    1. A range of values or locations .
    2. The space, area, volume, etc., to which something extends .
      The extent of his knowledge of the language is a few scattered words .
    3. ( computing ) A contiguous area of storage in a file system .

    See also

    • scope
    • Extent on Wikipedia .

Explanation of extent by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the distance or area or volume over which something extends

    2. the vast extent of the desert
      an orchard of considerable extent
    3. the point or degree to which something extends

    4. the extent of the damage
      the full extent of the law
      to a certain extent she was right

    Definition of extent by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Extent a. [L. extentus, p. p. of extendere. See Extend.] Extended. [Obs.] Spenser.

    2. Extent, 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.”

      Life in its large extent is scare a span. Cotton.

      2. Degree; measure; proportion. “The extent to which we can make ourselves what we wish to be.” Lubbock.

      3. ( Eng. Law ) A peculiar species of execution upon debts due to the crown, under which the lands and goods of the debtor may be seized to secure payment. A process of execution by which the lands and goods of a debtor are valued and delivered to the creditor.