Span Definition

spăn
spanned, spanning, spans
noun
spans
The full amount or extent between any two limits.
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The distance between the tips of the wings of an airplane.
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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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The distance between ends or supports.
The span of an arch.
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A part between two supports.
A bridge of four spans.
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Antonyms:
extreme
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verb
spanned, spanning, spans
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 measure in spans.
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To furnish with something that extends or stretches over.
To span an aisle with an arch.
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abbreviation
Spaniard.
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Spanish.
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(computing) Switched Port Analyzer, a Cisco technology.
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other

See T-span.

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Other Word Forms of Span

Noun

Singular:
span
Plural:
spans

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

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