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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
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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