Spanning



noun
1.
the distance between the tip of the thumb and the tip of the little finger when the hand is fully extended.
2.
a unit of length corresponding to this distance, commonly taken as 9 inches (23 cm).
3.
a distance, amount, piece, etc., of this length or of some small extent:
a span of lace.
4.
Civil Engineering, Architecture.

the distance between two supports of a structure.
the structure so supported.
the distance or space between two supports of a bridge.

5.
the full extent, stretch, or reach of anything:
a long span of memory.
6.
Aeronautics. the distance between the wing tips of an airplane.
7.
a limited space of time, as the term or period of living:
Our span on earth is short.
8.
Mathematics. the smallest subspace of a vector space that contains a given element or set of elements.
verb (used with object), spanned, spanning.
9.
to measure by the hand with the thumb and little finger extended.
10.
to encircle with the hand or hands, as the waist.
11.
to extend over or across (a section of land, a river, etc.).
12.
to provide with something that extends over:
to span a river with a bridge.
13.
to extend or reach over (space or time):
a memory that spans 90 years.
14.
Mathematics. to function (in a subspace of a vector space) as a span.
15.
Archery. to bend (the bow) in preparation for shooting.
verb, Archaic.
1.
a simple past tense of spin.
noun
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.
(psychol) the amount of material that can be processed in a single mental act: apprehension span, span of attention
4.
short for wingspan
5.
a unit of length based on the width of an expanded hand, usually taken as nine inches
verb (transitive) spans, spanning, 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
noun
1.
a team of horses or oxen, esp two matched animals
verb
1.
(archaic or dialect) a past tense of spin
SPAN
1.
Small Publishers of North America
2.
standard portfolio analysis of margin
see: spick and span

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