- the full extent of something from end to end; the amount of space that something covers；the wingspan of an aircraft or a bird
- (of a bridge, arch, etc.) extend from side to side of；cover or enclose with the length of one's hand
verb: span, 3rd person present: spans, gerund or present participle: spanning, past tense: spanned, past participle: spanned
noun: span, plural noun: spans
- 1. the full extent of something from end to end; the amount of space that something covers a warehouse with a clear span of 28 feet 同義詞
- ▪ the wingspan of an aircraft or a bird the gannets had black-tipped wings with a six-foot span 同義詞
- ▪ an arch or part of a bridge between piers or supports a major setback was the collapse of one span of a flyover an eight-span bridge
- ▪ the maximum distance between the tips of the thumb and little finger, taken as the basis of a measurement equal to 9 inches.
- 2. the length of time for which something lasts a short concentration span 同義詞
- ▪ archaic a short distance or time.
- 1. (of a bridge, arch, etc.) extend from side to side of the stream was spanned by a narrow bridge 同義詞
- ▪ cover or enclose with the length of one's hand her waist was slender enough for him to span with his hands
- 2. extend across (a period of time or a range of subjects) their interests span almost all the conventional disciplines 同義詞