Associations to the word «Span»


SPAN, noun. The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom.
SPAN, noun. Hence, a small space or a brief portion of time.
SPAN, noun. The spread or extent of an arch or between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between supports.
SPAN, noun. The length of a cable, wire, rope, chain between two consecutive supports.
SPAN, noun. (nautical) 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.
SPAN, noun. (obsolete) A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action.
SPAN, noun. (mathematics) the space of all linear combinations of something
SPAN, verb. To traverse the distance between.
SPAN, verb. To cover or extend over an area or time period.
SPAN, verb. To measure by the span of the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object.
SPAN, verb. (mathematics) to generate an entire space by means of linear combinations
SPAN, verb. (intransitive) (US) (dated) To be matched, as horses.
SPAN, verb. To fetter, as a horse; to hobble.
SPAN, verb. (archaic) (nonstandard) simple past tense of spin
SPAN, acronym. Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network
SPAN, acronym. (computing) Switched Port Analyzer, a Cisco technology
SPAN BLOCK, noun. (nautical) Any of the blocks at the topmast and topgallant-mast heads, for the studding-sail halyards.
SPAN COUNTER, noun. An old English children's game, in which one throws a counter on the ground, and another tries to hit it with his counter, or to get his counter so near it that he can span the space between them, and touch both the counters.
SPAN IRON, noun. (nautical) A special kind of harpoon, usually secured just below the gunwale of a whaleboat.
SPAN ROOF, noun. A common roof, having two slopes and one ridge, with eaves on both sides.
SPAN SHACKLE, noun. (nautical) A large bolt driven through the forecastle deck, with a triangular shackle in the head to receive the heel of the old-fashioned fish davit.

Dictionary definition

SPAN, noun. The complete duration of something; "the job was finished in the span of an hour".
SPAN, noun. The distance or interval between two points.
SPAN, noun. Two items of the same kind.
SPAN, noun. A unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches).
SPAN, noun. A structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc..
SPAN, noun. The act of sitting or standing astride.
SPAN, verb. 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".

Wise words

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