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noun 
  1. The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom.
  2. Hence, a small space or a brief portion of time.
    • 2007. Zerzan, John. Silence.
    • : The unsilent present is a time of evaporating attention spans,
      1. The spread or extent of an arch or between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between supports.
      2. The length of a cable, wire, rope, chain between two consective supports.
      3. (nautical) 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.
      4. (obsolete) A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action.
      5. (mathematics) the space of all linear combinations of something
verb (span, n, ing)
  1. To traverse the distance between.
The suspension bridge spanned the canyon as tenuously as one could imagine.
  1. To cover or extend over an area or time period.
The parking lot spans 3 acres.
The novel spans three centuries.
Terry Fox fame spans globe.
World record! 5GHz WiFi? connection spans 189 miles. http://www.engadget.com/2007/08/27/world-record-5ghz-wifi-connection-spans-189-miles/
  1. (obsolete) (intransitive) Two horses of the same color drawing a carriage, moving in perfect unison.
  2. (mathematics) to generate an entire space by means of linear combinations

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