verb (used with object), scanned, scan·ning.
verb (used without object), scanned, scan·ning.
- examination of the body or an organ or part, or a biologically active material, by means of a technique such as computed axial tomography, nuclear magnetic resonance, ultrasonography, or scintigraphy.
- the image or display so obtained.
Origin of scan
Synonyms for scan
Related Words for scansearch, browse, flash, examine, scour, skim, check, regard, look, rumble, inquire, study, overlook, sweep, contemplate, investigate, survey, riffle, consider, riff
Examples from the Web for scan
Contemporary Examples of scan
Prince William was seen clutching an envelope, when they left, most likely containing images of the scan.Royal Baby Due In April
October 20, 2014
If this was indeed the 12-week scan, we wil probably soon get an announcement from the palace concerning Kate's due date.Kate Middleton Pictured Leaving Clinic: New Privacy Row
October 17, 2014
So we need to think about the risk-benefit ratio of every scan we do.Are Routine Scans Causing Cancer?
September 17, 2014
Lately, Richard Dawkins seems to scan the world for sore spots, take a good poke, and revel in the ensuing outcry.Richard Dawkins Would Fail Philosophy 101
August 28, 2014
Though the words may sound and scan the same, there is a world of difference in threat each poses to others.It’s Not Time to Worry About China’s Plague Just Yet
July 23, 2014
Historical Examples of scan
We summon all our knowledge of the past and we scan all signs of the future.
Kirkwood shook his head, turning to scan the seascape with a gloomy gaze.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
No sentiment of curiosity impelled them to raise their heads and scan the tree.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Then he looked at me, and his brooding eyes seemed to scan my face.The Strolling Saint
As he sat thus, I had time to mark him well, and scan every detail of his appearance.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
verb scans, scanning or scanned
- the examination of a part of the body by means of a scannera brain scan; ultrasound scan
- the image produced by a scanner
Word Origin for scan
late 14c., "mark off verse in metric feet," from Late Latin scandere "to scan verse," originally, in classical Latin, "to climb, rise, mount" (the connecting notion is of the rising and falling rhythm of poetry), from PIE *skand- "to spring, leap, climb" (cf. Sanskrit skandati "hastens, leaps, jumps;" Greek skandalon "stumbling block;" Middle Irish sescaind "he sprang, jumped," sceinm "a bound, jump").
Missing -d in English is probably from confusion with suffix -ed (see lawn (n.1)). Sense of "look at closely, examine minutely (as one does when counting metrical feet in poetry)" first recorded 1540s. The (opposite) sense of "look over quickly, skim" is first attested 1926. Related: Scanned; scanning.
1706, "close investigation," from scan (v.). Meaning "act of scanning" is from 1937; sense of "image obtained by scanning" is from 1953.