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Definition of Span

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

If the world's a veil of tears, Smile till rainbows span it.
Lucy Larcom

Fear is a very explosive emotion, but it has a short life span. It's the sprint. The marathon is hope.
Mike Huckabee

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

Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.
Arthur Schopenhauer

I have the attention span of a mosquito from multitasking and all the things that have affected my poor little brain.
Ian Somerhalder
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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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