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span1

span1

 
 
pronunciation:
spaen
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the extent, stretch, or reach between two points or limits.
The span of the waterfall at its crest is over one hundred feet.
synonyms:
distance, length
similar words:
extent, size
definition 2: the length of time during which something exists.
She'd seen many changes in the world during the long span of her life.
synonyms:
duration, length, term
definition 3: the section of a bridge, trestle, or the like between two supports.
On November 7, 1940, the span of the Tacoma Bridge began to bend and sway; soon after, it broke apart and collapsed.
definition 4: the distance from the end of the little finger to the end of the thumb when the hand is fully spread out, or approximately nine inches, sometimes used as a unit of measure.
A concert pianist must have an ample span.
definition 5: the distance from one wing tip to the other on an airplane or bird; wingspan; wingspread.
A bald eagle can have a span of eight feet.
synonyms:
wingspan, wingspread
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: spanned, spanning, spans
definition 1: to extend, stretch, or reach over or across (space or time).
The old bridge that spans the river is made of iron.Her life spanned nearly a century.
 
synonyms:
bridge, cross, traverse
similar words:
arch, extend over, reach over, stretch over, vault
definition 2: to measure with or as if with an outspread hand.
The farmer spanned the height of the horse.
similar words:
measure
definition 3: to place or provide a bridge across.
The soldiers spanned the river in a few days, using young felled trees and vines.
synonyms:
bridge
similar words:
vault
definition 4: to surround with the hand or hands.
Her dance partner spanned her waist and pulled her up into the air.
similar words:
hold
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