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span

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\ˈspan\

Definition of span

  1. archaic past of spin




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span

noun

Definition of span

  1. 1 :  the distance from the end of the thumb to the end of the little finger of a spread hand; also :  an English unit of length equal to nine inches (22.9 centimeters)

  2. 2 :  an extent, stretch, reach, or spread between two limits: asa :  a limited space (as of time); especially :  an individual's lifetimeb :  the spread or extent between abutments or supports (as of a bridge); also :  a portion thus supportedc :  the maximum distance laterally from tip to tip of an airplane



Origin of span

Middle English, from Old English spann; akin to Old High German spanna span, Middle Dutch spannen to stretch, hitch up


First Known Use: before 12th century

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span

transitive verb

Simple Definition of span

  • : to continue throughout (a period of time)

  • : to cover or include (a wide area, a large number of things, etc.)

  • : to cross over (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of span

spannedspanning

  1. 1a :  to measure by or as if by the hand with fingers and thumb extendedb :  measure

  2. 2a :  to extend across <a career that spanned four decades>b :  to form an arch over <a small bridge spanned the pond>c :  to place or construct a span over

  3. 3 :  to be capable of expressing any element of under given operations <a set of vectors that spans a vector space>

Examples of span in a sentence

  1. His career as a singer spanned three decades.

  2. Their empire once spanned several continents.

  3. Her academic interests span a wide variety of topics.

  4. A bridge spans the river.



1560

First Known Use of span

1560


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span

noun

Definition of span

  1. :  a pair of animals (as mules) usually matched in appearance and action and driven together



Origin of span

Dutch, from Middle Dutch, from spannen to hitch up


First Known Use: 1769



SPAN Defined for Kids

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span

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noun \ˈspan\

Definition of span for Students

  1. 1 :  a limited portion of time <span of life> <I learned to ski in the span of one hour.>

  2. 2 :  the spread (as of an arch or bridge) from one support to another

  3. 3 :  the width of something from one side to another




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verb

Definition of span for Students

spannedspanning

  1. 1 :  to reach or extend across <A bridge spans the river.>

  2. 2 :  to continue over a period of time <The actor's career spanned five decades.>




Medical Dictionary

span

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noun \ˈspan\

Medical Definition of span

  1. 1:  an extent of distance or of time; especially :  life span

  2. 2:  memory span





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