- Present participle of scan.
Laurie continued scanning the surface of the ocean in search of dolphins.
When your eyes dart over a whole crowd in a room, this is an example of a situation where you are scanning the crowd.
scanning - Computer Definition
The process of refreshing a video screen. Interlaced scanning, which is used with most analog TV systems, involves two fields. Odd lines (field 1) are refreshed in one scan, and even lines (field 2) in the next. Each set of odd and even lines refreshed constitutes a frame refreshed. The scanning rate is a function of the power source of the receiver. For example, the American NTSC standard provides for 30 fps, involving 60 scans, which relates directly to the 60 Hz of the United States power source. The European PAL standard provides for 25 fps, involving 50 scans, which relates directly to the 50 Hz of the European power source. Progressive scanning involves displaying all horizontal scan lines in one frame at the same time, which avoids the problem of interline flicker. See also frame rate, NTSC, and PAL.
- She sloshed down the trail, scanning the woods ahead as she neared.
- Scanning a book creates no new copyright whatsoever.
- He walked among the crowd with rapid steps, scanning the various faces he met.
- He was so tuned in to Elisabeth's voice, that just by scanning a piece of music, he knew where to change the composition to compliment her, and where to back off to let her shine.
- Please Note: Like all pages in the 1911 Encyclopedia, this page is a copy of the original version and has only been edited to correct scanning errors and for legibility.