[ skan ]
/ skæn /
verb (used with object), scanned, scan·ning.
to glance at or over or read hastily: to scan a page.
to examine the particulars or points of minutely; scrutinize.
to peer out at or observe repeatedly or sweepingly, as a large expanse; survey.
to analyze (verse) as to its prosodic or metrical structure; read or recite (verse) so as to indicate or test the metrical form.
to read (data) for use by a computer or computerized device, especially using an optical scanner.
Television. to traverse (a surface) with a beam of light or electrons in order to reproduce or transmit a picture.
Radar. to traverse (a region) with a beam from a radar transmitter.
Medicine/Medical, Biology. to examine (a body, organ, tissue, or other biologically active material) with a scanner.
verb (used without object), scanned, scan·ning.
to examine the meter of verse.
(of verse) to conform to the rules of meter.
Television. to scan a surface or the like.
an act or instance of scanning; close examination.
a visual examination by means of a television camera, as for the purpose of making visible or relaying pictures from a remote place: a satellite scan of the dark side of the moon; video scans of property listings available to customers.
a particular image or frame in such video observation or a photograph made from it.
- 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.
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Origin of scan
1350–1400; Middle English scannen, variant of *scanden<Late Latin scandere to scan verse, Latin: to climb (see ascend)
OTHER WORDS FROM scanscan·na·ble, adjectiveself-scanned, adjectiveun·scan·na·ble, adjectiveun·scanned, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH scanscam, scan .
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British Dictionary definitions for scan
/ (skæn) /
verb scans, scanning or scanned
(tr) to scrutinize minutely
(tr) to glance over quickly
(tr) prosody to read or analyse (verse) according to the rules of metre and versification
(intr) prosody to conform to the rules of metre and versification
(tr) electronics to move a beam of light, electrons, etc, in a predetermined pattern over (a surface or region) to obtain information, esp either to sense and transmit or to reproduce a television image
(tr) to examine data stored on (magnetic tape, etc), usually in order to retrieve information
to examine or search (a prescribed region) by systematically varying the direction of a radar or sonar beam
physics to examine or produce or be examined or produced by a continuous charge of some variableto scan a spectrum
med to obtain an image of (a part of the body) by means of a scanner
the act or an instance of scanning
- the examination of a part of the body by means of a scannera brain scan; ultrasound scan
- the image produced by a scanner
Derived forms of scanscannable, adjective
Word Origin for scan
C14: from Late Latin scandere to scan (verse), from Latin: to climb
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Medical definitions for scan
[ skăn ]
To move a finely focused beam of light or electrons in a systematic pattern over a surface in order to reproduce or sense and subsequently transmit an image.
To examine a body or a body part with a CAT scanner or similar scanning apparatus.
To search stored computer data automatically for specific data.
The act or an instance of scanning.
Examination of a body or body part by a CAT scanner or similar scanning apparatus.
A picture or an image that is produced by this means.
Other words from scanscan′na•ble adj.scan′ner n.
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