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span1 / span/ • n. the full extent of something from end to end; the amount of space that something covers: a warehouse with a clear span of 28 feet. ∎  the length of time for which something lasts: a short concentration span. ∎  the wingspan of an aircraft or a bird. ∎  an arch or part of a bridge between piers or supports. ∎  the maximum distance between the tips of the thumb and little finger, taken as the basis of a measurement equal to 9 inches. ∎ archaic a short distance or time. • v. (spanned , span·ning ) [tr.] (of a bridge, arch, etc.) extend from side to side of: the stream was spanned by a narrow bridge. ∎  extend across (a period of time or a range of subjects): their interests span almost all the conventional disciplines. ∎  cover or enclose with the length of one's hand: her waist was slender enough for him to span with his hands. span2 • n. 1. Naut. a rope with its ends fastened at different points to a spar or other object in order to provide a purchase. 2. a team of people or animals, in particular: ∎  a matched pair of horses, mules, or oxen. span3 • adj. see spick-and-span. span4 chiefly archaic • past of spin.

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span1 distance from tip of thumb to extended tip of little finger OE., small piece or space XIV; short space of time XVI; space between supports of an arch, etc. XVIII. OE. span(n) = MLG. spen(ne), (M)Du. spanne, OHG. spanna (G. spanne). ON. spǫnn; in ME. prob. also — OF. espan(n)e, espan (mod. empan), of Gmc. orig.
Hence vb. †seize XIV; measure with outstretched hand XVI; form an arch over XVII. perh. partly — MLG. spannen; not continuous with rel. OE. spannan. So spanner †tool for winding up the wheel lock of a firearm XVII; instrument for turning a nut, etc. XVIII. — G. spanner; see -ER1.

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Span

a pair, harnessed or yoked to match in colour, size, or both.

Examples : span of elephants, 1860; of mules; of oxen, 1893; of printing houses, 1884.

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span. Distance apart of two supports, especially as applied to the opening of an arch or the width of a space covered by a beam, lintel, truss, etc.

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span2 harness, yoke (e.g. to a vehicle) XVI; (naut.) fix, attach XVIII. — (M)Du. or (M)LG. spannen = OE. spannan, OHG. spannan (G. spannen).

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spanAberfan, Adrianne, an, Anne, artisan, astrakhan, ban, began, Belmopan, bipartisan, bran, can, Cannes, Cézanne, Cheyenne, clan, courtesan, cran, dan, Dayan, Diane, divan, élan, Elan, fan, flan, foreran, Fran, Friedan, Gell-Mann, gran, Han, Hunan, Ivan, Jan, Japan, Jinan, Joanne, Kazan, Klan, Kordofan, Lacan, Lausanne, Leanne, Limousin, Louvain, man, Mann, Marianne, Milan, Moran, nan, Oran, outran, outspan, Pan, panne, parmesan, partisan, pavane, pecan, Pétain, plan, Pusan, ran, rataplan, rattan, Rosanne, Sagan, Saipan, saran, scan, scran, sedan, span, spick-and-span, Spokane, Suzanne, Tainan, tan, than, tisane, trepan, van, vin, Wuhan, Xian, Yerevan, Yunnan, Zhongshan •koan • kanban • Seremban •Cardin, Teilhard de Chardin •Rodin • Ramadan • dauphin •turbofan • Afghan • Gauguin •Callaghan

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