scan

verb
\ ˈskan How to pronounce scan (audio) \
scanned; scanning

Definition of scan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to read or mark so as to show metrical structure scan poetry
2 : to examine by point-by-point observation or checking:
a : to investigate thoroughly by checking point by point and often repeatedly a fire lookout scanning the hills with binoculars
b : to glance from point to point of often hastily, casually, or in search of a particular item scan the want ads looking for a job
3a : to examine systematically (as by passing a beam of radiation over or through) in order to obtain data especially for display or storage scanned the patient's heart radar scans the horizon scan the photos into the computer
b : to pass over in the formation of an image the electron beam scans the picture tube

intransitive verb

1 : to scan verse
2 : to conform to a metrical pattern this poem scans well

scan

noun

Definition of scan (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of scanning
2 : a radar or television trace
3 : an image formed by scanning something: such as
a : a depiction (such as a photograph) of the distribution of a radioactive material in something (such as a bodily organ)
b : an image of a bodily part produced (as by computer) by combining ultrasonic or radiographic data obtained from several angles or sections

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Other Words from scan

Verb

scannable \ ˈska-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce scannable (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

scrutinize, scan, inspect, examine mean to look at or over. scrutinize stresses close attention to minute detail. scrutinized the hospital bill scan implies a surveying from point to point often suggesting a cursory overall observation. scanned the wine list inspect implies scrutinizing for errors or defects. inspected my credentials examine suggests a scrutiny in order to determine the nature, condition, or quality of a thing. examined the specimens

Examples of scan in a Sentence

Verb He scanned the field with binoculars. He scanned the audience looking for his parents. She scanned his face for any clue to what he was thinking. She quickly scanned the pages of the newspaper. She scanned through the list to find her name. Their bags were scanned at the airport. This machine scans a patient's brain. Noun The patient underwent a brain scan. The doctor examined the bone scans.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2016, Forus Health, a Bengaluru medical startup, won FDA approval for its inexpensive and portable imaging device that scans for cataracts and other eye problems. Vijay Govindarajan, Fortune, "To Lower Health Care Costs, Look to International Innovations," 10 Sep. 2019 The troubled app is CamScanner, a program that scans files and converts them into PDFs. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Google pulls a popular app after it was found spreading malware," 29 Aug. 2019 Wednesday's report said the researchers found the database through an Internet-mapping project that scanned ports of familiar IP blocks for vulnerabilities. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Found: World-readable database used to secure buildings around the globe," 14 Aug. 2019 Much of the unpublished work was written by hand, and the younger Salinger has been disappointed in the performance of software that scans paper pages and converts them into digital files. oregonlive.com, "Long-hidden J.D. Salinger manuscripts coming to bookstore near you -- but you have to be patient," 12 Aug. 2019 DiGregorio took the bag and headed for FultonFishMarket.com’s receiving station, where the fish would be scanned, weighed, temped, assigned a bar code, and Cryovac-sealed. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "The Last Robot-Proof Job in America?," 1 Aug. 2019 The other contains the permits, which must be scanned at the trailhead kiosk. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Instagram-famous Kanarra Falls allows 150 hikers daily. Here's how to get a permit," 1 Aug. 2019 The ads will have codes that can be scanned with a smartphone to redirect consumers to a brand video or e-commerce site. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Tim Armstrong Makes Marketing Play to Serve Consumer Brands," 10 July 2019 The system utilizes a camera behind the rearview mirror that scans the road and uses software and algorithms to maintain a safe gap with the vehicle in front. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Chevy adds new 460 lb.-ft. Duramax to 2020 Silverado 1500 lineup," 2 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Authorities performed an x-ray scan when the package was at SFO days later, before it was loaded onto a plane bound for London, because a form that declares a package does not contain any undeclared dangerous articles had not been signed. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Prosecutors: Colorado woman caught selling, shipping fetuses — package intercepted at SFO," 17 Oct. 2019 To assess how this specialization affects the brain, Dempsey-Jones and her colleagues performed functional MRI scans on both artists. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Inside the Brains of Artists Who Paint With Their Feet," 17 Sep. 2019 Their research, published Monday in the journal JNeurosci, began with MRI scans from 62 dogs that had visited the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital for neurological evaluations. Jason Bittel, chicagotribune.com, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 10 Sep. 2019 Their research, published Monday in the journal JNeurosci, began with MRI scans from 62 dogs that had visited the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital for neurological evaluations. Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 3 Sep. 2019 Their research, published Monday in the journal JNeurosci, began with MRI scans from 62 dogs that had visited the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital for neurological evaluations. Jason Bittel, BostonGlobe.com, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 2 Sep. 2019 The researchers then conducted MRI scans on the participants and found a reduction in blood flow in the femoral artery in their legs. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "E-cigarettes affect a person's blood vessels after just one use, study finds," 22 Aug. 2019 Although Moutinho still needed to undergo ultrasound and MRI scans on Thursday before the team could estimate a return date, the defender is currently listed as questionable for Saturday’s game in Toronto. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City looks to refocus after exiting U.S. Open Cup," 2 Aug. 2019 It was diagnosed as a type of brain cancer called diffuse mixed glioma, and I was told that recurrence was inevitable. I was put on the watch and wait plan, undergoing regular MRI scans so doctors could keep an eye out for any regrowth. Health.com, "For 6 Years, Doctors Kept Telling Me I Had PMS—but It Turned Out to Be Brain Cancer," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of scan

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scan

Verb

Middle English scannen, from Late Latin scandere, from Latin, to climb; akin to Middle Irish sceinnid he springs, Sanskrit skandati he leaps

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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of scan was in the 14th century

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scan

verb
How to pronounce scan (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to look at (something) carefully usually in order to find someone or something
: to look over or read (something) quickly
: to look at the inside of (something) by using a special machine

scan

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scan (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of looking at something carefully or quickly
: the act or process of using a special machine to see the inside of something (such as a part of the body)
: a picture of the inside of something that is made by a special machine

scan

verb
\ ˈskan How to pronounce scan (audio) \
scanned; scanning

Kids Definition of scan

1 : to examine or look over carefully He scanned the field with binoculars.
2 : to look through or over quickly I scanned the headlines of the newspaper.
3 : to examine with a special device (as a scanner) especially to obtain information My bag was scanned at the airport.

scan

verb
\ ˈskan How to pronounce scan (audio) \
scanned; scanning

Medical Definition of scan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to examine especially systematically with a sensing device (as a photometer or a beam of radiation)
b : to pass an electron beam over and convert (an image) into variations of electrical properties (as voltage) that convey information electronically
2 : to make a scan of (as the human body) in order to detect the presence or localization of radioactive material

intransitive verb

: to make a scan of the body or of an organ or part

scan

noun

Medical Definition of scan (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of scanning
2a : a depiction (as a photograph) of the distribution of a radioactive material in something (as a bodily organ)
b : an image of a bodily part produced (as by computer) by combining ultrasonographic or radiographic data obtained from several angles or sections

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