nauticalPositioned one behind the other. The ships are in range now, Captain. How shall we proceed?
See also: range
Close enough within an area to be seen, heard, or reached by someone or something. With the lion nearly within range, we readied our guns. He wasn't within range of the microphone, so we weren't able to capture anything he was saying. You have to stay within range, or the camera won't be able to focus on you properly.
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*within range (of something)
inside an area that can be covered by something, such as a gun, camera lens, measuring device, etc. (*Typically: be ~; come ~; get ~; move ~.) The sick elephant was within range, so we shot it with tranquilizer darts so we could treat it. When the ducks were within range of my gun, I sneezed and frightened them away. You won't be able to hear what they are saying until you get within range of the P.A. system.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
in/within ˈrange (of something)near enough to be reached, seen or heard: He shouted angrily at anyone within range.
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