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SPAN (spanned, spanning)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does span mean? 

SPAN (noun)
  The noun SPAN has 6 senses:

1. the complete duration of something
2. the distance or interval between two points
3. two items of the same kind
4. a unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches)
5. a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
6. the act of sitting or standing astride

  Familiarity information: SPAN used as a noun is common.


SPAN (verb)
  The verb SPAN has 1 sense:

1. to cover or extend over an area or time period

  Familiarity information: SPAN used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPAN (noun)


Sense 1span [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The complete duration of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Context example:

the job was finished in the span of an hour

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

continuance; duration (the period of time during which something continues)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "span"):

attention span (the length of time you can concentrate on some idea or activity)


Sense 2span [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The distance or interval between two points

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

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

distance (the property created by the space between two objects or points)


Sense 3span [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Two items of the same kind

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

twosome; twain; dyad; duo; duet; duad; distich; couplet; brace; pair; span; yoke; couple

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

2; deuce; II; two (the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "span"):

doubleton ((bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player)


Sense 4span [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

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

linear unit (a unit of measurement of length)


Sense 5span [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bridge; span

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

construction; structure (a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts)

Meronyms (parts of "span"):

trestle (a supporting tower used to support a bridge)

pier (a support for two adjacent bridge spans)

arch ((architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "span"):

Bailey bridge (a temporary bridge designed for rapid construction)

viaduct (bridge consisting of a series of arches supported by piers used to carry a road (or railroad) over a valley)

truss bridge (a bridge supported by trusses)

trestle bridge (a bridge supported by trestlework)

suspension bridge (a bridge that has a roadway supported by cables that are anchored at both ends)

steel arch bridge (a steel bridge constructed in the form of an arch)

rope bridge (a bridge consisting of ropes)

bateau bridge; floating bridge; pontoon bridge (a temporary bridge built over a series of pontoons)

flyover; flypast; overpass (bridge formed by the upper level of a crossing of two highways at different levels)

footbridge; overcrossing; pedestrian bridge (a bridge designed for pedestrians)

drawbridge; lift bridge (a bridge that can be raised to block passage or to allow boats or ships to pass beneath it)

covered bridge (a bridge whose passageway is protected by a roof and enclosing sides)

cattle grid; cattle guard (a bridge over a ditch consisting of parallel metal bars that allow pedestrians and vehicles to pass, but not cattle)

cantilever bridge (bridge constructed of two cantilevers that meet in the middle)

Holonyms ("span" is a part of...):

transit; transportation; transportation system (a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods)


Sense 6span [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of sitting or standing astride

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

straddle; span

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

motility; motion; move; movement (a change of position that does not entail a change of location)

Meronyms (parts of "span"):

call; call option (the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date)

put; put option (the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date)


SPAN (verb)


Sense 1span [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To cover or extend over an area or time period

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

span; traverse; cross; sweep

Context examples:

Rivers traverse the valley floor / The parking lot spans 3 acres / The novel spans three centuries

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

continue; cover; extend (span an interval of distance, space or time)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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