An example of to scan is to thoroughly search a document for errors.
An example of to scan is to copy pictures onto a computer.
An example of to scan is to put a poem into metrical verse.
Does this line scan?
My scan of the files.
He scanned the horizon.
The operators vacated the room during the scan.
The doctors looked at the scans and made a diagnosis.
An example of a scan is a quick glance through a magazine.
Origin of scan
- Middle English scanden, scannen to scan a verse from Latin scandere to climb, scan a verse skand- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English scannen, for *scanden < Old French escandir (“to climb, scan"), from Latin scandō (“I climb").