Span - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spæn|  American pronunciation of the word span
Brit.  |spæn|  British pronunciation of the word span


- the complete duration of something
the job was finished in the span of an hour
- the distance or interval between two points
- two items of the same kind (syn: brace, couple, couplet, distich, duet, duo, dyad, pair, twain, twosome, yoke)
- a unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches)
- a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc. (syn: bridge)
- the act of sitting or standing astride (syn: straddle)


- to cover or extend over an area or time period (syn: cross, sweep, traverse)
The parking lot spans 3 acres
The novel spans three centuries

Extra examples

There was not a span free from cultivation.

His life had well-nigh completed its span.

His eye spanned the intervening space.

Two parallel bridges span the river.

Why do executives employ external advisors to span the boundaries of the firm?

The parking lot spans 3 acres

The novel spans three centuries my calculus the more efficient air conditioner will have paid for itself within a span of five years...

He has a microscopic attention span.

Her academic interests span a wide variety of topics.

The course curriculum is geared to span three years.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: span
he/she/it: spans
present participle: spanning
past tense: spanned
past participle: spanned
singular: span
plural: spans
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