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 scan (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 According to one source, organizations that scan with a steady cadence remediate flaws on average 15.5 days faster. Jim Goldman, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 In most cases, people get their vaccine status checked first, then move more briskly through security and into the theater, where ushers scan their tickets. New York Times, 19 Oct. 2021 But at smaller places of work, from restaurants to tennis clubs, employers and managers had to download an app that can scan the codes. Arkansas Online, 16 Oct. 2021 But at smaller places of work, from restaurants to tennis clubs, employers and managers had to download an app that can scan the codes. Fox News, 15 Oct. 2021 But at smaller places of work, from restaurants to tennis clubs, employers and managers had to download an app that can scan the codes. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 15 Oct. 2021 Visitors to the installation will see special pieces on display and scan a unique QR code to learn more about each designer. Julie Tong, Vogue, 14 Oct. 2021 Apply the offer to any mobile order, or scan the mobile offer at any Wendy's restaurant/drive-thru. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 6 Oct. 2021 McNamara had ample time to scan the field and fired a strike to Johnson, who got behind cornerbacks Caesar Williams and Alexander Smith. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Computer software later processed the scan, creating a 3-D model that could be used to determine the width of the bear's behind. Rachel Metz, CNN, 2 Oct. 2021 On their way out, customers will repeat the QR scan or reinsert the credit card and then receive a digital receipt. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 The multiple rain bands are shown in the radar scan below. Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2021 The 32-year-old’s abdominal and pelvic scan at Avera St. Luke’s cost $6,422, the highest out of a wide range of rates the Avera hospital charges for that service based on the new data. WSJ, 6 July 2021 But a post-op scan showed that Greener’s brain hadn’t suffered damage. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2021 Earlier this year, a scan showed the cancer had progressed again, this time to her adrenal gland. John Fauber And Coulter Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 After a scan of his shoulder showed nothing abnormal, Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets are taking his status day by day. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 18 June 2021 The department said a scan at the hospital revealed the person was not shot but had suffered a laceration injury during the gunfire. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, 13 June 2021

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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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“Scan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scan. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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scan

verb

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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