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span 1

 (spăn)
n.
1. The extent or measure of space between two points or extremities, as of a bridge or roof; the breadth.
2. The distance between the tips of the wings of an airplane.
3. The section between two abutments or piers of a bridge.
4. Something, such as a railroad trestle or bridge, that extends from one point to another.
5. The distance from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger when the hand is fully extended, formerly used as a unit of measure equal to about 9 inches (23 centimeters).
6. A period of time: a span of life.
tr.v. spanned, span·ning, spans
1. To extend across in space or time: a bridge that spans the gorge; a career that spanned 40 years.
2. To encircle or cover with the hand or hands.
3. To measure in spans.

[Middle English, unit of measurement, from Old English spann; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

span 2

 (spăn)
n.
1. Nautical A stretch of rope made fast at either end.
2. A pair of animals, such as oxen, matched as in size or color and driven as a team.

[Dutch, from spannen, to harness, from Middle Dutch; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

span 3

 (spăn)
v. Archaic
A past tense of spin.

span

(spæn)
n
1. the interval, space, or distance between two points, such as the ends of a bridge or arch
2. the complete duration or extent: the span of his life.
3. (Psychology) psychol the amount of material that can be processed in a single mental act: apprehension span; span of attention.
4. (Aeronautics) short for wingspan
5. (Units) a unit of length based on the width of an expanded hand, usually taken as nine inches
vb (tr) , spans, spanning or spanned
6. to stretch or extend across, over, or around
7. to provide with something that extends across or around: to span a river with a bridge.
8. to measure or cover, esp with the extended hand
[Old English spann; related to Old Norse sponn, Old High German spanna]

span

(spæn)
n
(Agriculture) a team of horses or oxen, esp two matched animals
[C16 (in the sense: yoke): from Middle Dutch: something stretched, from spannen to stretch; see span1]

span

(spæn)
vb
archaic or dialect a past tense of spin

span1

(spæn)

n., v. spanned, span•ning. n.
1. the full extent, stretch, or reach of something.
2. a period of time during which something continues; duration.
3.
a. the distance or space between two supports of a structure, as an arch or a bridge.
b. the part of the structure between the supports.
4. the distance between the tip of the thumb and the tip of the little finger when the hand is fully extended.
5. a unit of length corresponding to this distance, commonly taken as 9 inches (23 cm).
6. a distance, amount, piece, etc., of this length or of some small extent.
v.t.
8. to extend or reach over or across (space or time).
9. to provide with something that extends over or across: to span a river with a bridge.
10. to measure by the hand with the thumb and little finger extended.
11. to encircle with the hand or hands.
12. to bend (a bow) in preparation for shooting.
[before 900; Old English span(n), spon(n), c. Middle Dutch spanne, Old High German spanna, Old Norse spǫnn; (v.) in part < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German spannen (compare span2, spanner)]

span2

(spæn)

n.
a pair of horses or other animals harnessed and driven together.
[1760–70, Amer.; < Dutch: team (of oxen, horses)]

span3

(spæn)

v. Archaic.
a pt. of spin.

Span.

Spanish.

Span

 a pair, harnessed or yoked to match in colour, size, or both.
Examples: span of elephants, 1860; of mules; of oxen, 1893; of printing houses, 1884.

span


Past participle: spanned
Gerund: spanning

Imperative
span
span
Present
I span
you span
he/she/it spans
we span
you span
they span
Preterite
I spanned
you spanned
he/she/it spanned
we spanned
you spanned
they spanned
Present Continuous
I am spanning
you are spanning
he/she/it is spanning
we are spanning
you are spanning
they are spanning
Present Perfect
I have spanned
you have spanned
he/she/it has spanned
we have spanned
you have spanned
they have spanned
Past Continuous
I was spanning
you were spanning
he/she/it was spanning
we were spanning
you were spanning
they were spanning
Past Perfect
I had spanned
you had spanned
he/she/it had spanned
we had spanned
you had spanned
they had spanned
Future
I will span
you will span
he/she/it will span
we will span
you will span
they will span
Future Perfect
I will have spanned
you will have spanned
he/she/it will have spanned
we will have spanned
you will have spanned
they will have spanned
Future Continuous
I will be spanning
you will be spanning
he/she/it will be spanning
we will be spanning
you will be spanning
they will be spanning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been spanning
you have been spanning
he/she/it has been spanning
we have been spanning
you have been spanning
they have been spanning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been spanning
you will have been spanning
he/she/it will have been spanning
we will have been spanning
you will have been spanning
they will have been spanning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been spanning
you had been spanning
he/she/it had been spanning
we had been spanning
you had been spanning
they had been spanning
Conditional
I would span
you would span
he/she/it would span
we would span
you would span
they would span
Past Conditional
I would have spanned
you would have spanned
he/she/it would have spanned
we would have spanned
you would have spanned
they would have spanned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.span - the complete duration of something; "the job was finished in the span of an hour"
attention span - the length of time you can concentrate on some idea or activity
duration, continuance - the period of time during which something continues
2.span - the distance or interval between two points
distance - the property created by the space between two objects or points
3.span - two items of the same kindspan - two items of the same kind    
fellow, mate - one of a pair; "he lost the mate to his shoe"; "one eye was blue but its fellow was brown"
2, II, two, deuce - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
doubleton - (bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player
4.span - a unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches)
linear measure, linear unit - a unit of measurement of length
5.span - a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.span - a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
arch - (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
Bailey bridge - a temporary bridge designed for rapid construction
cantilever bridge - bridge constructed of two cantilevers that meet in the middle
cattle grid, cattle guard - a bridge over a ditch consisting of parallel metal bars that allow pedestrians and vehicles to pass, but not cattle
covered bridge - a bridge whose passageway is protected by a roof and enclosing sides
drawbridge, lift bridge - a bridge that can be raised to block passage or to allow boats or ships to pass beneath it
footbridge, overcrossing, pedestrian bridge - a bridge designed for pedestrians
flyover, overpass - bridge formed by the upper level of a crossing of two highways at different levels
pier - a support for two adjacent bridge spans
bateau bridge, floating bridge, pontoon bridge - a temporary bridge built over a series of pontoons
rope bridge - a bridge consisting of ropes
steel arch bridge - a steel bridge constructed in the form of an arch
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
suspension bridge - a bridge that has a roadway supported by cables that are anchored at both ends
toll bridge - a bridge where toll is charged for crossing
transportation, transportation system, transit - a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods
trestle - a supporting tower used to support a bridge
trestle bridge - a bridge supported by trestlework
truss bridge - a bridge supported by trusses
viaduct - bridge consisting of a series of arches supported by piers used to carry a road (or railroad) over a valley
6.span - the act of sitting or standing astride
call option, call - the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
put, put option - the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
Verb1.span - to cover or extend over an area or time periodspan - 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"
cover, extend, continue - span an interval of distance, space or time; "The war extended over five years"; "The period covered the turn of the century"; "My land extends over the hills on the horizon"; "This farm covers some 200 acres"; "The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"

span

noun
1. period, term, duration, course, stretch, spell The batteries had a life span of six hours.
2. extent, reach, spread, length, distance, stretch With a span of 6ft, her wings dominated the stage.
verb
1. extend over, cover, encompass, last, comprise, spread over, stretch across, range over a man whose interests spanned almost every aspect of nature His professional career spanned 16 years.
2. extend across, cross, bridge, cover, link, vault, traverse, range over, arch across the humped iron bridge spanning the railway

span

noun
1. The measure of how far or long something goes in space, time, or degree:
2. The period during which someone or something exists:
day (often used in plural), duration, existence, life, lifetime, term.
3. A specific length of time characterized by the occurrence of certain conditions or events:
4. A limited or specific period of time during which something happens, lasts, or extends:
Translations
فَتْرَة عُمْر الإنْسانيَمْتَد فَوْقَ، يَجْسُر
dobapřeklenoutrozpětí
længdespændtidsrum
aikavälikulkeavaaksa
átívelfesztáv
bil milli brúarstöplaskeiîspanna, ná yfir
atstumas tarp arkos atramųjungti
attālums starp tilta balstiemilgumslaika sprīdisposmssavienot krastus
ayak/kemer açıklığıköprü oluşturmaksüre

span

1 [spæn]
A. N
1. [of hand] → palmo m; [of wing] → envergadura f
2. [of road etc] → tramo m; [of bridge, arch] → luz f; [of roof] → vano m
a span of 50 metres (= bridge) → una luz de 50 metros
a bridge with seven spansun puente de siete arcadas or ojos
the longest single-span bridge in the worldel puente de una sola arcada más largo del mundo
3. [of time] → lapso m, espacio m
for a brief spandurante un breve lapso
the average span of lifela duración promedia de la vida
4. (fig) the whole span of world affairstoda la extensión de los asuntos mundiales, los asuntos mundiales en toda su amplitud
5. (o.f.) (= measure) → palmo m
6. (= yoke) [of oxen] → yunta f; [of horses] → pareja f
B. VT
1. [bridge] → extenderse sobre, cruzar
2. (in time) → abarcar
his life spanned four reignssu vida abarcó cuatro reinados
3. (= measure) → medir a palmos

span

[ˈspæn]
n
(in time)période m
during the forty-year span from 1913 to 1953 → pendant la période de quarante ans entre 1913 et 1953
concentration span → durée f de concentration
attention span → durée f d'attention
[wing, plane] → envergure f; [hand] → taille f; [arch] → portée f
vt
[bridge, arch] → enjamber
(in time)couvrir

span

1
n
(of hand)Spanne f; (= wingspan, of bridge etc)Spannweite f; (= arch of bridge)(Brücken)bogen m; a single-span bridgeeine eingespannte Bogenbrücke
(= time span)Zeitspanne f, → Zeitraum m; (of memory)Gedächtnisspanne f; (of attention)Konzentrationsspanne f; (= range)Umfang m; for a span of several monthseinige Monate lang; the whole span of world affairsdie Weltpolitik in ihrer ganzen Spannweite
(of oxen)Gespann nt
(old: = measurement) → Spanne f
vt (rope, rainbow) → sich spannen über (+acc); (bridge also) → überspannen; (plank) → führen über (+acc); years, globe, worldumspannen; (= encircle)umfassen; (in time) → sich erstrecken über (+acc), → umfassen

span

1 [spæn]
1. n (of hand) → spanna; (of bridge, arch, roof) → luce f, campata; (of time) → periodo
a short attention span → una limitata capacità di concentrazione
2. vt (subj, bridge) → attraversare
to span 3 decades → abbracciare un periodo di 30 anni
his memory spanned 50 years → i suoi ricordi risalivano a 50 anni fa

span

(spӕn) noun
1. the length between the supports of a bridge or arch. The first span of the bridge is one hundred metres long.
2. the full time for which anything lasts. Seventy or eighty years is the normal span of a man's life.
verbpast tense, past participle spanned
to stretch across. A bridge spans the river.

span

n. lapso, instante, momento; tiempo limitado; intervalo; distancia.

span

n (distance) envergadura; (time) período or periodo; arm — envergadura de brazos; attention — período de atención
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The elephants of Aethiopia are of so stupendous a size, that when I was mounted on a large mule I could not reach with my hand within two spansspanspanspanspanspanspanspanspanspan>>>>>>>>> of the top of their backs.
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