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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)

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.

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."