- the distance between two supports of a structure.
- the structure so supported.
- the distance or space between two supports of a bridge.
verb (used with object), spanned, span·ning.
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The active user metrics can further be categorized into four metrics as per audience engagement in different time spans.App store optimization success: Top five KPIs you must measure|Juned Ghanchi|August 28, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Sorkin’s economic prescriptions are derived from a career that’s now spanned a quarter century.How CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin Would Close the Wealth Gap|Eromo Egbejule|August 26, 2020|Ozy
Romaine is slightly heartier, but it still has a limited life span in a Tupperware.
Somehow a galaxy that spans tens of thousands of light years is intimately related to what is, in effect, a microscopic dot at its center.The Universe Has Made Almost All the Stars It Will Ever Make - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Caleb Scharf|August 19, 2020|Nautilus
A star is born over a long span of time from a large, cold, dark cloud of gas and dust.
The human attention span is evolving in such a way that they can skip around.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life|David Yaffe|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
RELATED: Wing Span: The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (PHOTOS) Not everyone agreed with her assessment.I Got Kicked Out Of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show|Nico Hines|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Five times during that span, the majority of species on the planet vanished in a short interval of time.Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction|Sean B. Carroll|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In battle, it means the ability to shift from suicide bombers to tank columns and maneuver warfare in the span of a day.
Typically, new equipment is developed in the span of two or three years.
Messrs. Spick and Span's representative was wounded in his tenderest point, but his firm carried out the order to the letter.
Part of that idea was sham bric-à-brac, the rest was carte blanche to Messrs. Spick and Span.
Originally it had one great roof of a single span, second only to that of St. Pancras Station.
That was "back in the Sixties," when his lapses were as far apart as they were unrivalled in consumption, span, and pyrotechny.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
He seems to think he is mooting to me a spick and span new idea—that he has invented something.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for span (1 of 4)
verb spans, spanning or spanned (tr)
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see spick and span.