SCOPE (through Ital. scopo, aim, purpose, intent, from Or. ff/co7ros, mark io shoot at, aim, <rK<nre<X to see, whence the termination in telescope, microscope, etc.), properly that which is aimed at, purpose, intention; hence outlook, view, range of observation or action; more generally, the Sphere or field over which an activity extends, room or opportunity for play or action.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)