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.
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Origin of scan
OTHER WORDS FROM scanscan·na·ble, adjectiveself-scanned, adjectiveun·scan·na·ble, adjectiveun·scanned, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH scanscam, scan .
Definition for scan (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for scan
Because all of the Rescued Film Project images are scanned to digital, the necessity of a darkroom is null.
But before you can move, you hear an odd beeping sound as your ticket is scanned.Oregon Judge Grounds the Federal No-Fly List—and It’s High Time|Dean Obeidallah|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Detective Brian Sallee lifted a pair of binoculars and scanned a parking lot a quarter mile down the road.The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico|Nick Romeo|August 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile, since I was not LMFAOing, I scanned Twitter to figure out who was.MTV’s ‘Girl Code’ Is a Wildly Popular Show With Nothing to Say|Lizzie Crocker|July 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Unable to change the diaper in the bathroom, I stepped out into the galley, and scanned the area for a flat surface.
Sometimes for an instant he scanned the surface of the lake for signs of breaking fish or splash of migrant water bird.The Harvester|Gene Stratton Porter
He unfolded the sheet and scanned the charges—coercion, larceny, livestock theft, and breach of contract.The Lani People|J. F. Bone
Every month they scanned the magazines, looking for his name.The Octopus|Frank Norris
Shandon did not answer; he scanned the horizon closely, and then descended with his companions to the ice-fields.The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras|Jules Verne
"There is some mistake," Goursac said, as he scanned the document.In the Name of Liberty|Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for scan
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