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v. scanned, scan·ning, scans
a. To look at carefully or thoroughly, especially in search of something; examine: The sailor scanned the horizon for signs of land.
b. To look over quickly or read hastily: I scanned the newspaper while eating breakfast.
2. Computers To search (stored data) automatically for specific data.
a. To direct a finely focused beam of light or electrons in a systematic pattern over (a surface) in order to reproduce or sense and subsequently transmit an image.
b. To direct a radar beam in a systematic pattern across (a sector of sky) in search of a target.
4. To encode (text, for example) in digital format by means of an optical scanner.
a. Medicine To direct x-rays or other energy at (a body or body part) in order to produce an image, as with a CT scanner.
b. To pass (luggage, for example) through a detector at a security checkpoint in order to detect weapons or banned materials.
6. To analyze (verse) into metrical patterns.
1. To analyze verse into metrical patterns.
2. To conform to a metrical pattern: Does this line scan?
1. The act or an instance of scanning: my scan of the files.
2. Medicine
a. The action or process of scanning a body or body part.
b. An image produced by scanning.

[Middle English scanden, scannen, to scan a verse, from Latin scandere, to climb, scan a verse; see skand- in Indo-European roots.]

scan′na·ble adj.


the act of examining with a scanner
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scanning - the process of translating photographs into a digital form that can be recognized by a computerscanning - the process of translating photographs into a digital form that can be recognized by a computer
photography - the process of producing images of objects on photosensitive surfaces
2.scanning - the act of systematically moving a finely focused beam of light or electrons over a surface in order to produce an image of it for analysis or transmission
replication, reproduction - the act of making copies; "Gutenberg's reproduction of holy texts was far more efficient"


A. N (Med) → visualización f radiográfica
B. CPD scanning device Ndetector m


[ˈskænɪŋ] n (with scanner) [person, body] → examen m au scanner; [luggage, items] → passage m aux rayons X


n (Comput, Rad, TV) → Scannen nt, → Abtastung f


n. exploración, barrido, escrutinio y registro por medio de un instrumento de detección de la emisión de ondas radiactivas de una sustancia específica que ha sido inyectada y que se concentra en partes o tejidos en observación.
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Morning after morning I used to pace up and down my sunny little room, looking off at the distant river bluffs and the roll of the blond pastures between, scanning the `Aeneid' aloud and committing long passages to memory.
The eyes of all present, which had hitherto been gravely scanning the person of Duncan, were now turned, on the instant, toward the upright iron frame of this new pretender to the distinguished appellation.
She had been scanning the distance, but she now dropped on me a foolish face.
Whilst I was thus closely scanning him, half-pretending meanwhile to be looking out at the storm from the casement, he never heeded my presence, never troubled himself with so much as a single glance; but appeared wholly occupied with counting the pages of the marvellous book.
They accepted, and went through the big Halsted Street gate, where several policemen were watching, and also some union pickets, scanning sharply those who passed in and out.
The "young un" alluded to heard all these comments with the subdued and doleful air which seemed habitual to her, only scanning, with a keen and furtive glance of her flickering eyes, the ornaments which Jane wore in her ears.
So he called aloud that he whom he should choose, and who would stand back to back with him in the fray, if victory were theirs, should be the first after him among the People of the Axe, and as he called, he walked slowly down the line scanning the faces of all, till he came to where Galazi stood leaning on the Watcher.
exclaimed Lord Henry, who was scanning the occupants of the gallery through his opera-glass.
Most of his time was spent in the eye of the ship scanning the horizon ahead, as though he were endowed with sufficient reason to know that the vessel was bound for some port where there would be other human beings to undergo his searching scrutiny.
We talked in this manner through the early morning time, and later crept out of the bushes, and, after scanning the sky for Martians, hurried precipitately to the house on Putney Hill where he had made his lair.
added Zverkov, with a shade of venom in his voice, scanning me and my attire with a sort of insolent compassion.
D'Artagnan at first believed that he had to do with some judge examining his papers; but he perceived that the man at the desk wrote, or rather corrected, lines of unequal length, scanning the words on his fingers.

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