Scan meaning

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To analyze (verse) into metrical patterns.
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Scan is defined as to closely and quickly look at something, to use an electronic device to copy an image or text into a digital file, or to analyze verse into metrical verse.

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.

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(electronics) To traverse (a region) with a succession of transmitted radar beams, usually radiated in a systematic pattern.
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To conform to a metrical pattern.

Does this line scan?

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The act or an instance of scanning.

My scan of the files.

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To analyze (verse) in terms of its rhythmic components, as by counting accents and syllables and marking the metrical feet.
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To look at closely or in a broad, searching way; scrutinize.
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To glance at quickly; consider hastily.
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To examine, identify, or interpret (printed characters, video images, bar codes, etc.)
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(radiology) To examine the structure or condition of (an internal bodily organ) with ultrasound, tomography, etc.
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(tv) To traverse (a surface) rapidly and point by point with a beam of light or electrons in transmitting or reproducing the lights and shades of an image.
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To conform to metrical principles.
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The act or an instance of scanning.
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Scope of vision.
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Scandinavia.
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Scandinavian.
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To direct a finely focused beam of light or electrons in a systematic pattern over (a surface) in order to reproduce or sense and subsequently transmit an image.
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To direct x-rays or other energy at a body or body part in order to produce an image, as with a CT scanner.
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The act or an instance of scanning.
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The action or process of scanning a body or body part.
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A picture or image produced by this means.
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(1) To make an electronic comparison of a signal, pixel or data structure as described in the following definitions.
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To examine sequentially, part by part.
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(computing) To create a digital copy of an image using a scanner.
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To look about for.

He scanned the horizon.

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(poetry) To fit or conform to a specific meter.
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An instance of scanning.

The operators vacated the room during the scan.

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The result or output of a scanning process.

The doctors looked at the scans and made a diagnosis.

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The definition of a scan is an act of looking at carefully or quickly or of transmitting an image or text to a computer.

An example of a scan is a quick glance through a magazine.

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(computers) To search (stored data) automatically for specific data.
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To encode (text, for example) in digital format by means of an optical scanner.
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To analyze verse into metrical patterns.
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(comput.) To examine (items in a file) in sequence in order to find those that meet a particular criterion.
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To scan verse.
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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").

    From Wiktionary