ETYM Italian scopo, Latin scopos a mark, aim, Greek skopos, a watcher, mark, aim; akin to skopein to view, and perh. to Eng. spy. Related to Skeptic, Bishop.
An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control; SYN. range, reach, orbit, compass, ambit.
1. In programming, the extent to which an identifier, such as a constant, data type, variable, or routine, can be referenced within a program. Scope can be global or local. Scope can also be affected by redefining identifiers, such as by giving the same name to both a global variable and a local variable. See also block(definition 3), global, local.
2. In electronics, slang for oscilloscope. See also oscilloscope.
To look at especially for the purpose of evaluation — often used with out