Scan - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |skæn|  American pronunciation of the word scan
Brit.  |skæn|  British pronunciation of the word scan
- the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region
- an image produced by scanning
- examine minutely or intensely
- examine hastily (syn: rake, run down, skim)
- make a wide, sweeping search of
- conform to a metrical pattern
- move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image
- read metrically
- obtain data from magnetic tapes or other digital sources (syn: read)


He scanned the field with binoculars.

He scanned the audience looking for his parents.

She scanned his face for any clue to what he was thinking.

She quickly scanned the pages of the newspaper.

She scanned through the list to find her name.

Their bags were scanned at the airport.

This machine scans a patient's brain.

The patient underwent a brain scan.

The doctor examined the bone scans.

She scanned the advertisement pages of the newspaper.

He scanned the room.

She was nervous and kept scanning the crowd for Paul.

He told me that my poems didn't scan.

He scanned the horizon, but there was no sign of the ship.

She scanned his face, looking for signs of what he was thinking.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: scan
he/she/it: scans
present participle: scanning
past tense: scanned
past participle: scanned
singular: scan
plural: scans
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