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Webster 1913 Edition


Extent

Ex-tent′

,
Adj.
[L.
extentus
, p. p. of
extendere
. See
Extend
.]
Extended.
[Obs.]
Spenser.

Ex-tent′

,
Noun.
[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)
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.
(b)
A process of execution by which the lands and goods of a debtor are valued and delivered to the creditor.

Webster 1828 Edition


Extent

EXTENT'

,
Adj.
Extended.

EXTENT'

,
Noun.
[L. extentus. It is frequently accented on the first syllable.]
1.
Space or degree to which a thing is extended; hence, compass; bulk; size; as a great extent of country, or of body.
2.
Length; as an extent of line.
3.
Communication; distribution.
The extent of equal justice.
4.
In law, a writ of execution or extendi facias, commanding a sheriff to value the lands of a debtor; or extent is the act of the sheriff or commissioner in making the valuation.

Definition 2022


extent

extent

English

Noun

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.
    • 1827, Conrad Malte-Brun, Universal Geography, or A Description of All the Parts of the World, on a New Plan, Edinburgh: Adam Black, volume 6, book 101, 285:
      The surface of the Balaton and the surrounding marshes is not less than 24 German square miles, or 384 English square miles; its principal feeder is the Szala, but all the water it receives appears inconsiderable relatively to its superficial extent, and the quantity lost in evaporation.
    • 2014 November 14, Blake Bailey, “'Tennessee Williams,' by John Lahr [print version: Theatrical victory of art over life, International New York Times, 18 November 2014, p. 13]”, in The New York Times:
      [S]he [Edwina, mother of Tennessee Williams] was indeed Amanda [Wingfield, character in Williams' play The Glass Menagerie] in the flesh: a doughty chatterbox from Ohio who adopted the manner of a Southern belle and eschewed both drink and sex to the greatest extent possible.
  3. (computing) A contiguous area of storage in a file system.

Translations

See also

Adjective

extent (comparative more extent, superlative most extent)

  1. (obsolete) Extended.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

Latin

Verb

extent

  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of extō