- 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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verb (used with object), spun or (Archaic) span, spun, spin·ning.
verb (used without object), spun or (Archaic) span, spun, spin·ning.
- the act of intentionally causing a rocket or guided missile to undergo a roll.
- a roll so caused.
- to create something new, as a company or assets, without detracting from or affecting the relative size or stability of the original: After the acquisition, the company was required to spin off about a third of its assets.
- to derive from or base on something done previously: They took the character of the maid and spun off another TV series.
Origin of spin
OTHER WORDS FROM spinspin·na·bil·i·ty, nounspin·na·ble, adjectiveout·spin, verb (used with object), out·spun, out·spin·ning.un·spin·na·ble, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for span
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.
And when a comedy produces 238 episodes over the span of 10 years, some of them are bound to be weird.
Ten bridges were closed; the span linking Oakland to the City didn't reopen for more than a month.
So they went in to where Gudruda sat spinning in the hall, singing as she span.Eric Brighteyes|H. Rider Haggard
The mantle, in English, is enclosed between two nut-shells; in German, the bag from which it is taken is hardly a span wide.
"Everything orderly and sanitary and spick and span—not a blade of grass out of place," was Polly's comment.The Turtles of Tasman|Jack London
Span of horses, two horses as nearly as possible alike, harnessed side by side.
In the Winchester span the floor system was of timber for reasons of economy.
British Dictionary definitions for span (1 of 5)
verb spans, spanning or spanned (tr)
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verb spins, spinning or spun
- to draw out and twist (natural fibres, as of silk or cotton) into a long continuous thread
- to make such a thread or filament from (synthetic resins, etc), usually by forcing through a nozzle
- the intrinsic angular momentum of an elementary particle or atomic nucleus, as distinguished from any angular momentum resulting from its motion
- a quantum number determining values of this angular momentum in units of the Dirac constant, having integral or half-integral valuesSymbol: S, s
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Idioms and Phrases with span (1 of 2)
see spick and span.
Idioms and Phrases with span (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with spin
- spin a yarn
- spin control
- spin doctor
- spin off
- spin one's wheels
- spin out
- go into a tailspin
- make one's head spin
- put a spin on