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Definition of "span" []

  • The extent or measure of space between two points or extremities, as of a bridge or roof; the breadth. (noun)
  • The distance between the tips of the wings of an airplane. (noun)
  • The section between two intermediate supports of a bridge. (noun)
  • Something, such as a railroad trestle or bridge, that extends from one point to another. (noun)
  • The distance from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger when the hand is fully extended, formerly used as a unit of measure equal to about nine inches (23 centimeters). (noun)
  • The interval, space, or distance between two points, such as the ends of a bridge or arch (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The complete duration or extent (noun)
  • The amount of material that can be processed in a single mental act (noun)
  • A unit of length based on the width of an expanded hand, usually taken as nine inches (noun)
  • To stretch or extend across, over, or around (verb)
  • To provide with something that extends across or around (verb)
  • To measure or cover, esp with the extended hand (verb)

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Use "span" in a sentence
  • "The events depicted in the title span the time frame from Saiyan Saga to the Kid Buu Saga."
  • "My attention span is usually not nearly that long, but Maass kept me and the rest of the writers in the room under his spell as he showed us how to plumb the depths of plot and character."
  • "Their average career span is just 2.5 years, and even the great ones seldom last a decade."