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Definition of Span


  1. imp. & p. p. of Spin.
  2. The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom.
  3. Hence, a small space or a brief portion of time.
  4. The spread or extent of an arch between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between its supports.
  5. A rope having its ends made fast so that a purchase can be hooked to the bight; also, a rope made fast in the center so that both ends can be used.
  6. A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action.
  7. To measure by the span of the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object; as, to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder.
  8. To reach from one side of to the order; to stretch over as an arch.
  9. To fetter, as a horse; to hobble.
  10. To be matched, as horses.
  11. of Spin

Span Quotations

In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor.
Julian Castro

My attention span is all over the place, and I overthink things. I'm an insomniac.
Selena Gomez

'Star Wars' is mythology. It's like Greek mythology or Shakespeare. It's the story of good versus evil over a very long span of time. The storytelling is universal and timeless.
Michael Franti

Although we take it for granted, sanitation is a physical measure that has probably done more to increase human life span than any kind of drug or surgery.
Deepak Chopra

There was the time I bought three cars in the span of three or four weeks. It was crazy; it wasn't greedy. It was mine, my girl's, my mom's. I got Benzes for my ladies. But I felt crazy. You have to understand I come from a world where we're very modest. But that's not greedy. That's nice, right?
J. Cole
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Span Translations

span in French is empan
span in German is umfassen, Spanne
span in Spanish is palmo
span in Swedish is omfatta
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