Definition of open range in US English:

open range


North American
  • A large area of grazing land without fences or other barriers.

    • ‘The days of the open range are over except for very limited segments of the United States.’
    • ‘And despite my own once-soaring images of life on the open range, there's little in the way of romance.’
    • ‘It stands to reason that the West, with its legacy of the open range, would have some of the very best in the land where beef is still king.’
    • ‘On the high plains of the West, tough men still ride herd on the open range.’
    • ‘They thrive on overgrazed open ranges where there is no agriculture.’
    • ‘Antelope can be either the most difficult game on the open range or the easiest to tag.’
    • ‘The plot swings on a very quiet moment, you know, maybe one that's not even recognisable to whoever watches it, which is simply that the open range creates the plot of the movie.’
    • ‘Now, as an experienced rancher, he wanted something at once documentary and romantic-a realistic rendering of a spring roundup that paid tribute to the old days of the open range.’
    • ‘On the lands yet to become the national forests mineral claims were essentially unconstrained, and more than half of the area was open range.’
    • ‘After spending so much time navigating open range, the Ozarks' leafy glades seemed foreign and wrong.’
    • ‘You had to qualify on the open range to get the third star.’
    • ‘The rope might snap and the loco would be free on the open range.’
    • ‘And they do it quite nicely, not on the extinct open range, but between the limits set by freeways, suburbs, private property boundaries, cropland, and national parks.’
    • ‘The Longhorns originated in Andalusia, the southernmost province of Spain, and thrived on the open range in sub-tropical Texas.’
    • ‘In the 1880s, more docile, easier to fatten, shorthorn cattle from the British Isles began to replace the Spanish-derived, long-horned steers, which had predominated on the open range.’
    • ‘The county established a committee to examine the matter, and in 2004 it recommended adopting a countywide fence-out ordinance, which would preserve the open range.’
    • ‘In the case of the wager - the point is the familiar one that the modern age arrived in the form of wire, which spelled the end of the open range.’
    • ‘His skin was tanned like old cowboys she'd known in her childhood, men who slept and worked the open range.’
    • ‘A city is an ‘open economy,’ free to immigration of everything but land, something like an open range or fishery.’
    • ‘The cabin doesn't sit out on the open range where the buffalo roam but down in the rough ground near Beaver Creek.’