span

\ˈspan \

Definition of span 

(Entry 1 of 4)

archaic past of spin

span

noun (1)

Definition of span (Entry 2 of 4)

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 : an extent, stretch, reach, or spread between two limits: such as

a : a limited space (as of time) especially : an individual's lifetime

b : the spread or extent between abutments or supports (as of a bridge) also : a portion thus supported

c : the maximum distance laterally from tip to tip of an airplane

span

verb
spanned; spanning

Definition of span (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

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

b : measure

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

span

noun

Definition of span (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Synonyms for span

Synonyms: Verb

gauge (also gage), measure, scale

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Examples of span in a Sentence

Verb

His career as a singer spanned three decades. Their empire once spanned several continents. Her academic interests span a wide variety of topics. A bridge spans the river.
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First Known Use of span

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for span

Noun (1)

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

Noun

Dutch, from Middle Dutch, from spannen to hitch up

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More Definitions for span

span

verb

English Language Learners 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)

span

noun
\ˈspan \

Kids Definition of span

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

3 : the width of something from one side to another

span

verb
spanned; spanning

Kids Definition of span (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

span

noun
\ˈspan \

Medical Definition of span 

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

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