- An example of span is how long you live.
- An example of span is a house on three acres.
- a unit of linear measure equal to nine inches: originally based on the distance between the tips of a man's extended thumb and little finger
- the full amount or extent between any two limits
- the distance between ends or supports: the span of an arch
- the full duration (often with of): a time span, the short span of human existence
- a part between two supports: a bridge of four spans
Origin of spanborrowed in U.S. < Du span, in same sense a team of two animals used together
Origin of spanMiddle English spanne ; from Old English sponn, akin to German spanne ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)pen(d)-, to pull, draw (from source spin, Classical Greek span, to pull) ; from base an unverified form spe-, to pull, extend
- to measure, esp. by the hand with the thumb and little finger extended
- to encircle with the hand or hands, in or as in measuring
- to extend, stretch, reach, or pass over or across: the bridge that spans the river
- to furnish with something that extends or stretches over: to span an aisle with an arch
Origin of spanME spannen < OE spannan, join: see span
- The extent or measure of space between two points or extremities, as of a bridge or roof; the breadth.
- The distance between the tips of the wings of an airplane.
- The section between two intermediate supports of a bridge.
- Something, such as a railroad trestle or bridge, that extends from one point to another.
- The distance from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger when the hand is fully extended, formerly used as a unit of measure equal to about 9 inches (23 centimeters).
- A period of time: a span of life.
transitive verbspanned, span·ning, spans
- To extend across in space or time: a bridge that spans the gorge; a career that spanned 40 years.
- To encircle or cover with the hand or hands.
- To measure in spans.
Origin of spanMiddle English, unit of measurement, from Old English spann; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
- Nautical A stretch of rope made fast at either end.
- A pair of animals, such as oxen, matched as in size or color and driven as a team.
Origin of spanDutch, from spannen, to harness, from Middle Dutch; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
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