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
Examples from the Web for scanned
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
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.