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Definitions of scan

  1. To read metrically; conform to metrical rules. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To mount by steps; to go through with step by step. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To scrutinize. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. To examine and divide, as a verse, into the metrical feet or syllables of which it is made up; to look closely at or into; examine carefully. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To count the feet or measures in a verse: to examine carefully: to scrutinize:-pr.p. scanning; pa.t. and pa.p. scanned. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To measure off the feet in a verse; observe attentively. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. To follow metrical rules: said of a verse. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. conform to a metrical pattern; of poetic verse Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. obtain data from magnetic tapes; "This dictionary can be read by the computer" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. glance over or read superficially Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. read metrically; "scan verses" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. make a wide, sweeping search of; "The beams scanned the night sky" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. To examine with critical care; to scrutinize; to count the feet in a verse. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. To examine with critical care; to critically examine poetry by counting the feet and telling of what kind they are. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Scanning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. an image produced by scanning; "he analyzed the brain scan"; "you could see the tumor in the CAT scan" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. examine hastily; "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. examine minutely or intensely; "the surgeon scanned the X-ray" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. conform to a metrical pattern Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. Scanned. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for scan

  1. By day made strange, the woods we range With blinking eyes we scan While down the skies the wild duck cries: " The Day- the Day to Man!" – The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  2. " How often haunting the highest hilltop, I scan the ocean thy sail to see; Wilt come to- night, Love? – The Doctor A Tale Of The Rockies by Ralph Connor
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