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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 and Etymology 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

spanned

spanning

  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 and Etymology of span

Dutch, from Middle Dutch, from spannen to hitch up


First Known Use: 1769

Rhymes with span



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

spanned

spanning

  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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