span

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noun
1 length
ADJECTIVE
full
broad, wide

a broad span of interests

clear

The bridge has a clear span of 120 feet.

15-foot, 500-metre/500-meter, etc.
wing (usually wingspan)

The bird has a three-foot wingspan.

2 length of time
ADJECTIVE
long
brief, short
ten-day, two-week, etc.
entire
allotted

The speech continued well beyond its allotted span.

natural (esp. BrE)

to prolong life beyond its natural span

time
life (usually lifespan)

The average lifespan of an American is 75 years.

the expected life span for boys born in the US

attention, concentration (esp. BrE), memory

He has a short attention span.

a limited attention span

VERB + SPAN
cover

The book covers the entire span of Arab history.

PREPOSITION
over a/the span

Developments were monitored over a span of two years.

PHRASES
a span of time, a span of years
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verb
Span is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑bridge, ↑career, ↑collection
Span is used with these nouns as the object: ↑century, ↑continent, ↑decade, ↑distance, ↑gamut, ↑gap, ↑globe, ↑mile, ↑period, ↑range, ↑river, ↑spectrum, ↑whole, ↑width

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  • Span — Span, n. [AS. spann; akin to D. span, OHG. spanna, G. spanne, Icel. sp[ o]nn. [root]170. See {Span}, v. t. ] 1. The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Span — may refer to length or space:* span (length), the width of a human hand * span (architecture) ** For powerlines, the distance between two pylons ** For aerial tramways, the distance between two supporting structures ** For a bridge, the distance… …   Wikipedia

  • span — span1 [span] n. [ME spanne < OE sponn, akin to Ger spanne < IE * (s)pen(d) , to pull, draw (> SPIN, Gr span, to pull) < base * spe , to pull, extend] 1. a unit of linear measure equal to nine inches, based on the distance between the… …   English World dictionary

  • Span — steht für: ein mechanisch abgetrenntes Werkstoffteilchen, aus Metall, siehe Metallspan. aus Holz, siehe Holzspan. eine Schweizer Mundartband, siehe Span (schweizerische Band) eine norwegische Musikgruppe, siehe Span (norwegische Band) ein… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Span — Sm std. (9. Jh.), mhd. spān, ahd. spān, mndd. spān, mndl. spaen Stammwort. Aus g. * spǣnu m. Span , auch in anord. spánn, ae. spōn m./f., afr. spon. Herkunft unklar. Es gibt eine Reihe von Wörtern mit der Bedeutung Span , die ig. * sphē /sphə und …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Span — Span: Das altgerm. Wort mhd., ahd. spān »‹Holz›span«, niederl. spaan »Span; Butterstecher; Ruderblatt«, engl. spoon »Löffel«, schwed. spån »Span; Schindel« bezeichnete ursprünglich ein flaches, lang abgespaltenes Holzstück, wie es bei der… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • spân — SPÂN, Ă, spâni, e, adj. Căruia nu i creşte (aproape) deloc barbă şi mustaţă. Faţă spână. Om spân. ♢ (Substantivat, m.) Spânul vrea sa ţi răpuie capul (CREANGĂ). – lat. *spanus (< gr.). Trimis de Zavaidoc, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DLRM  SPÂN, Ă,… …   Dicționar Român

  • Span — Span, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spanned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spanning}.] [AS. pannan; akin to D. & G. spannen, OHG. spannan, Sw. sp[ a]nna, Dan. sp[ae]nde, Icel. spenna, and perh. to Gr. ? to draw, to drag, L. spatium space. [root]170. Cf. {Spin}, v. t …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • span|dy — «SPAN dee», adjective, adverb. –adj. Especially U.S. Informal. very good or fine; smart: »My silk stockings and two pairs of spandy gloves are my comfort (Louisa May Alcott). –adv. wholly; perfectly: »a spandy new suit. ╂[probably variant of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Span — Span, v. i. To be matched, as horses. [U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Span — Span, archaic imp. & p. p. of {Spin}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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