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Definitions of span

  1. two items of the same kind Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc. Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. to cover a wide area; "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the act of sitting or standing astride Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the distance or interval between two points Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. the complete duration of something; "the job was finished in the span of an hour" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. to cover or extend over an area or time period; "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres"; "The novel spans three centuries" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. imp. & p. p. of Spin. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. Hence, a small space or a brief portion of time. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. The spread or extent of an arch between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between its supports. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. A rope having its ends made fast so that a purchase can be hooked to the bight; also, a rope made fast in the center so that both ends can be used. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To measure by the span of the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object; as, to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To reach from one side of to the order; to stretch over as an arch. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To fetter, as a horse; to hobble. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To be matched, as horses. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. The distance from the end of the thumb to the tip of the little finger when extended; nine inches; a short space of time; horizontal distance between the two supports of an arch, etc.; a yoke of oxen; a pair of horses harnessed together. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. To measure by the width of the extended fingers; to reach from one side to the other of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Spanned. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. Spanning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. The space from the end of the thumb to the end of the little-finger when the fingers are extended: nine inches: the spread of an arch between its abutments: a space of time. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. To measure by spans: to measure: to embrace:-pr.p. spanning; pa.t. and pa.p. spanned. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. A yoke of horses or oxen. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. Distance from the end of the thumb to the end of the little finger; nine inches; spread of an arch from pier to pier. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. To measure by spans; measure; embrace. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. Imp. of SPIN, v. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. To measure with an expanded hand. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. To extend over. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. The space over which the hand can be expended; about 9 inches; any small distance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. The space or distance between the supports of an arch. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. A pair of matched horses, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. Of Spin. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. The space from the end of the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; a short space of time; the spread or extent of an arch between its abutments; a yoke of animals, specially of horses, like each other, harnessed side by side. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  36. To measure, as by the fingers extended. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  37. To agree in colour and size. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  38. The space between the end of the thumb and the fingers when extended, usually reckoned 9 in.; the spread of an arch; short duration; a yoke of oxen. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  39. To measure by the hand with the fingers extended, or by encompassing the object; to spread from one side to another, as an arch; to fetter, as a horse. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  40. Pt. of spin, which see. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  41. Did spin. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  42. imp. & p. p. of Spin. mso.anu.edu.au
  43. span, n. the space from the end of the thumb to the end of the little-finger when the fingers are extended: nine inches: the spread of an arch between its abutments: a space of time, the full duration of anything: extent of stretch, as the spread of a man's arms, in measuring trees, &c.--v.t. to measure by spans: to measure: to embrace:--pr.p. span'ning; pa.t. and pa.p. spanned.--ns. SPAN'-COUN'TER, SPAN'-FAR'THING, a game played by one throwing a coin or counter on the ground, and another trying to throw his so near it that he can span the distance between the two.--adjs. SPAN'LESS, that cannot be spanned or measured; SPAN'-LONG, of the length of a span.--n. SPAN'NER, one who spans: an iron tool or lever used to tighten the nuts of screws. [A.S. span--spannan; Ger. spanne--spannen.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  44. span, n. a yoke of horses or oxen. [Borrowed from Dut.; from the same root as above word.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  45. span, adv. wholly--in SPAN'-NEW, SPICK'-AND-SPAN. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  46. (Of bridge, arch, &c., fig. of memory &c.) stretch from side to side of, extend across, (river &c., fig. period &c.); measure, cover, the extent of (thing) with one\'s grasp &c.; (Naut.) confine (booms &c.) with ropes; move in distinct stretches like span-worm. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  47. Full extent from end to end, as s. of a bridge, of an arch, our brief s. (of life), the whole s. of Roman history; each part of a bridge &c. between piers or supports; greenhouse or similar structure with s.-roof; maximum distance between tips of thumb& little finger, esp. as a measure =9 in.; short distance, as our life is but a s.; (Naut.) rope fastened by both ends to take a purchase in the loop, double rope connected with thimbles; (Colon., United States) pair of horses or mules, yoke of oxen; s.-dogs, pair of iron bars with claws for grappling timber; s.-roof (with two inclined sides, opp. to pent-roof or lean-to); s.-worm, larva of geometer. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  48. n. [Anglo-Saxon, German] The space from the end of the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended ; nine inches ;-hence, a brief extent or portion of time ;-extent of an arch between its abutments. Cabinet Dictionary

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