- The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom.
- Hence, a small space or a brief portion of time.
verb (span, n, ing)
- 2007. Zerzan, John. Silence.
- : The unsilent present is a time of evaporating attention spans,
- The spread or extent of an arch or between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between supports.
- The length of a cable, wire, rope, chain between two consective supports.
- (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.
- (obsolete) A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action.
- (mathematics) the space of all linear combinations of something
- To traverse the distance between.
- The suspension bridge spanned the canyon as tenuously as one could imagine.
- 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/
- (obsolete) (intransitive) Two horses of the same color drawing a carriage, moving in perfect unison.
- (mathematics) to generate an entire space by means of linear combinations
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