Span meaning

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Span is the amount of area or the amount of time that something encompasses.

An example of span is how long you live.

An example of span is a house on three acres.

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Something, such as a railroad trestle or bridge, that extends from one point to another.
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The distance between the tips of the wings of an airplane.
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Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network.
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(computing) Switched Port Analyzer, a Cisco technology.
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The extent or measure of space between two points or extremities, as of a bridge or roof; the breadth.
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The section between two intermediate supports of a bridge.
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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).
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A period of time.

A span of life.

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To extend across in space or time.

A bridge that spans the gorge; a career that spanned 40 years.

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To encircle or cover with the hand or hands.
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To measure in spans.
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A stretch of rope made fast at either end.
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A pair of animals, such as oxen, matched as in size or color and driven as a team.
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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.
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A part between two supports.

A bridge of four spans.

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A team of two animals used together.
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To measure, esp. by the hand with the thumb and little finger extended.
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To encircle with the hand or hands, in or as in measuring.
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To extend, stretch, reach, or pass over or across.

The bridge that spans the river.

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To furnish with something that extends or stretches over.

To span an aisle with an arch.

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Spaniard.
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See T-span.
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Origin of span

  • Middle English unit of measurement from Old English spann (s)pen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Dutch from spannen to harness from Middle Dutch (s)pen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition