extent


extent
/ik stent"/, n.
1. the space or degree to which a thing extends; length, area, volume, or scope: the extent of his lands; to be right to a certain extent.
2. something extended, as a space; a particular length, area, or volume; something having extension: the limitless extent of the skies.
3. U.S. Law. a writ, or a levy, by which a debtor's lands are valued and transferred to the creditor, absolutely or for a term of years.
4. Eng. Law.
a. Also called writ of extent. a writ to recover debts of a record due to the crown, under which land, property, etc., may be seized.
b. a seizure made under such a writ.
5. Logic. extension (def. 12).
6. Archaic. assessment or valuation, as of land.
[1250-1300; ME extente assessment < ML extenta, n. use of fem. of L extentus, ptp. of extendere to EXTEND]
Syn. 1. magnitude, measure, amount, compass, range, expanse, stretch, reach, length.

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  • 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

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