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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.
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the act of examining with a scanner
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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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


A. N (Med) → visualización f radiográfica
B. CPD scanning device Ndetector m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈskænɪŋ] n (with scanner) [person, body] → examen m au scanner; [luggage, items] → passage m aux rayons X
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n (Comput, Rad, TV) → Scannen nt, → Abtastung f
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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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The head butler, napkin on arm, was scanning the setting of the table, making signs to the footmen, and anxiously glancing from the clock to the door by which the prince was to enter.
It must blaze up, indeed, with a great brilliance the dull printer's ink expended on the assemblage of the few letters that form the ship's name to the anxious eyes scanning the page in fear and trembling.
After all, whatever it was, she had come to fill quite a large place in his life, as he had discovered that afternoon while scanning the sea between the squalls.
Scarce had the neck of the victim snapped than the carcass was hanging over one of Tarzan's broad shoulders, and an instant later the ape-man was perched once more among the lower branches of a tree above the trail, his keen, gray eyes scanning the pathway down which the deer had fled.
"Why, it's actually you, Levin, at last!" he said with a friendly mocking smile, scanning Levin as he approached.
"How was it you used to say you would never wear European dress again?" he said, scanning his new suit, obviously cut by a French tailor.
She had been scanning the distance, but she now dropped on me a foolish face.
The new app enables scanning of photos, documents and other media directly to an Android device.
In most medium- and large-scale enterprises, document scanning can be a tedious and tiring chore especially with the everyday volume of materials that a department or the entire office needs to capture and share or store on digital file.
Epson's latest mobile A4 scanners are ideal for scanning and processing data on the move or in compact, busy office environments.
It corrects creases, shadows and--backgrounds that might occur from handling the object or holding it over some: thing during scanning.Three filters (color, grayscale, and black and white) can be used to enhance the readability of the documents.

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