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SCAN (scanned, scanning)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does scan mean? 

SCAN (noun)
  The noun SCAN has 2 senses:

1. the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region
2. an image produced by scanning

  Familiarity information: SCAN used as a noun is rare.


SCAN (verb)
  The verb SCAN has 7 senses:

1. examine minutely or intensely
2. examine hastily
3. make a wide, sweeping search of
4. conform to a metrical pattern
5. move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image
6. read metrically
7. obtain data from magnetic tapes

  Familiarity information: SCAN used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SCAN (noun)


Sense 1scan [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

he made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars

Hypernyms ("scan" is a kind of...):

examination; scrutiny (the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes))


Sense 2scan [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An image produced by scanning

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

CAT scan; scan

Context examples:

he analyzed the brain scan / you could see the tumor in the CAT scan

Hypernyms ("scan" is a kind of...):

icon; ikon; image; picture (a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface)


SCAN (verb)


Sense 1scan [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Examine minutely or intensely

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

the surgeon scanned the X-ray

Hypernyms (to "scan" is one way to...):

examine; see (observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "scan"):

glass (scan (game in the forest) with binoculars)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The customs agents scan the bags for drugs


Sense 2scan [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Examine hastily

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

glance over; scan; skim; rake; run down

Context example:

She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi

Hypernyms (to "scan" is one way to...):

examine; see (observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3scan [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a wide, sweeping search of

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The beams scanned the night sky

Hypernyms (to "scan" is one way to...):

search (subject to a search)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4scan [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conform to a metrical pattern

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Hypernyms (to "scan" is one way to...):

conform (be similar, be in line with)

Domain category:

poesy; poetry; verse (literature in metrical form)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 5scan [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "scan" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6scan [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Read metrically

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

scan verses

Hypernyms (to "scan" is one way to...):

declaim; recite (recite in elocution)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7scan [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Obtain data from magnetic tapes

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

read; scan

Context example:

This dictionary can be read by the computer

Hypernyms (to "scan" is one way to...):

construe; interpret; see (make sense of; assign a meaning to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "scan"):

misread (read or interpret wrongly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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