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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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RANGE, v., n. Sc. usages. See also Reenge, v.1, n.1

I. v. 1. To search widely and thoroughly, to rummage (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 143). For specif. Sc. mining usage see 1886 quot. Gen.Sc.Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 56:
But wow? the Ferly quickly chang'd, When throw their empty Fobs they rang'd.
Sc. 1815 Scott Guy M. xlv.:
An unco ranging and riping they have had a' gates seeking for her.
Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 225:
While ranging for subscribers once through the country, a priest was so impudent as to tell him he was no poet.
Abd. 1826 D. Anderson Poems 25:
What sorrow wou'd ye now be at Rangin' for whisky stills an' mauts.
Sc. 1886 J. Barrowman Mining Terms 54:
Ranging, searching for minerals by means of shallow pits across the outcrops.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
A've ranged a' the drawers, an' canna find it.

2. To agitate water in order to drive fish out of their hiding places (Slk. 1825 Jam.; ‡Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., Rxb. 1967).

3. To poke out (the ashes) from between the bars of a grate to let air circulate (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Ags., Fif., s.Sc. 1967); sim. to stir the tobacco in a pipe.Slk. 1875 Border Treasury (20 Feb.) 344:
That's the preen the Laird used to range his pipe wi'.
Bwk. 1876 W. Brockie Confessional 186:
She was rangin the fire, an' her mutch tuke lowe.
Rxb. 1927 E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 18:
Taik the poker an range the bars o the feier.

4. To rinse, swill, clean out (Uls. 1953 Traynor).

II. n. 1. A stroll, a walk (ne.Sc., Ags., m.Lth. 1967).Per. 1893 Harp Per. (Ford) 95:
A'e nicht when I ga'e owre my wark, An' took a range doun thro' the park.

2. A stretch or reach of countryside, esp. one of clear or definable limits (Abd. 1967).Ags. 1874 C. Sievwright Love Lilts 37:
Down the bonnie range o' Logie Where the holly-bushes grow.

3. A searching glance, a sweep of the eye.Ayr. 1892 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 178:
An' aft her sad eye takes a range o' the sky, Or sweeps by the Harper's ha'.

4. The seats in a church immediately below the pulpit, used by the precentor, elders, etc. (ne.Sc. 1967).

5. A layer, a fold.Sc. 1736 J. Dunbar Smegmatalogia 17:
You may lay on more Ranges or Folds of your Cloath, . . . till your Tub be near full.

6. A heavy swelling movement of the sea.Abd. 1952 Evening Express (19 Feb.):
There was a heavy “range” at the time, which was the probable reason for the ship breaking away from its moorings.

[O.Sc. range, a row, file, to place in a row, 1375.]

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