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span
span
span1 [span]
n.
[ME spanne < OE sponn, akin to Ger spanne < IE * (s)pen(d)-, to pull, draw (> SPIN, Gr span, to pull) < base * spe-, to pull, extend]
1. a unit of linear measure equal to nine inches, based on the distance between the tips of the extended thumb and little finger
2.
a) the full amount or extent between any two limits
b) the distance between ends or supports [the span of an arch]
c) the full duration (of) [span of attention, the span of a person's life]
3. a part between two supports [a bridge of four spans]
4. short for WINGSPAN
5. [borrowed in U.S. < Du span, in same sense] a team of two animals used together
vt.
spanned, spanning [ME spannen < OE spannan, join: see SPAN1 n.]
1. to measure, esp. by the hand with the thumb and little finger extended
2. to encircle with the hand or hands, in or as in measuring
3. to extend, stretch, reach, or pass over or across [the bridge that spans the river]
4. to furnish with something that extends or stretches over [to span an aisle with an arch]
SYN.- PAIR
span2 [span]
vt., vi.
archaic pt. of SPIN

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  • Span — Span, n. [AS. spann; akin to D. span, OHG. spanna, G. spanne, Icel. sp[ o]nn. [root]170. See {Span}, v. t. ] 1. The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Span — may refer to length or space:* span (length), the width of a human hand * span (architecture) ** For powerlines, the distance between two pylons ** For aerial tramways, the distance between two supporting structures ** For a bridge, the distance… …   Wikipedia

  • Span — steht für: ein mechanisch abgetrenntes Werkstoffteilchen, aus Metall, siehe Metallspan. aus Holz, siehe Holzspan. eine Schweizer Mundartband, siehe Span (schweizerische Band) eine norwegische Musikgruppe, siehe Span (norwegische Band) ein… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Span — Sm std. (9. Jh.), mhd. spān, ahd. spān, mndd. spān, mndl. spaen Stammwort. Aus g. * spǣnu m. Span , auch in anord. spánn, ae. spōn m./f., afr. spon. Herkunft unklar. Es gibt eine Reihe von Wörtern mit der Bedeutung Span , die ig. * sphē /sphə und …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Span — Span: Das altgerm. Wort mhd., ahd. spān »‹Holz›span«, niederl. spaan »Span; Butterstecher; Ruderblatt«, engl. spoon »Löffel«, schwed. spån »Span; Schindel« bezeichnete ursprünglich ein flaches, lang abgespaltenes Holzstück, wie es bei der… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • spân — SPÂN, Ă, spâni, e, adj. Căruia nu i creşte (aproape) deloc barbă şi mustaţă. Faţă spână. Om spân. ♢ (Substantivat, m.) Spânul vrea sa ţi răpuie capul (CREANGĂ). – lat. *spanus (< gr.). Trimis de Zavaidoc, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DLRM  SPÂN, Ă,… …   Dicționar Român

  • Span — Span, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spanned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spanning}.] [AS. pannan; akin to D. & G. spannen, OHG. spannan, Sw. sp[ a]nna, Dan. sp[ae]nde, Icel. spenna, and perh. to Gr. ? to draw, to drag, L. spatium space. [root]170. Cf. {Spin}, v. t …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • span|dy — «SPAN dee», adjective, adverb. –adj. Especially U.S. Informal. very good or fine; smart: »My silk stockings and two pairs of spandy gloves are my comfort (Louisa May Alcott). –adv. wholly; perfectly: »a spandy new suit. ╂[probably variant of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spån — sb., en, er, erne, i sms. spån , fx spånstrøelse, spånæske; gå i spåner …   Dansk ordbog

  • Span — Span, v. i. To be matched, as horses. [U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English