span

1
[ span ]
/ spæn /

noun

verb (used with object), spanned, span·ning.

Origin of span

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English spanne, sponne, spayn, Old English span(n), spon(n); cognate with German Spanne, Dutch span, Old Norse spǫnn; (v.) Middle English spaynen, derivative of the noun

Definition for span (2 of 5)

span

2
[ span ]
/ spæn /

noun

a pair of horses or other animals harnessed and driven together.

Origin of span

2
1760–70, Americanism; < Dutch: team (of oxen, horses)

Definition for span (3 of 5)

span

3
[ span ]
/ spæn /

verb Archaic.

a simple past tense of spin.

Definition for span (4 of 5)

Origin of spin

before 900; Middle English spinnen to spin yarn, Old English spinnan; cognate with Dutch, German spinnen, Old Norse spinna, Gothic spinnan

Related forms

spin·na·bil·i·ty, nounspin·na·ble, adjectiveout·spin, verb (used with object), out·spun, out·spin·ning.un·spin·na·ble, adjective

Definition for span (5 of 5)

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British Dictionary definitions for span (1 of 5)

span

1
/ (spæn) /

noun

verb spans, spanning or spanned (tr)

Word Origin for span

Old English spann; related to Old Norse sponn, Old High German spanna

British Dictionary definitions for span (2 of 5)

span

2
/ (spæn) /

noun

a team of horses or oxen, esp two matched animals

Word Origin for span

C16 (in the sense: yoke): from Middle Dutch: something stretched, from spannen to stretch; see span 1

British Dictionary definitions for span (3 of 5)

span

3
/ (spæn) /

verb

archaic, or dialect a past tense of spin

British Dictionary definitions for span (4 of 5)

Span.


abbreviation for

Spanish

British Dictionary definitions for span (5 of 5)

spin

/ (spɪn) /

verb spins, spinning or spun

noun

See also spin off, spin out

Word Origin for spin

Old English spinnan; related to Old Norse spinna, Old High German spinnan to spin, Lithuanian pinu to braid
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Science definitions for span

spin

[ spĭn ]

The intrinsic angular momentum of a rigid body or particle, especially a subatomic particle. Also called spin angular momentum
The total angular momentum of a physical system, such as an electron orbital or an atomic nucleus.
A quantum number expressing spin angular momentum; the actual angular momentum is a quantum number multiplied by Dirac's constant. Fermions have spin values that are integer multiples of 12, while bosons have spin values that are integer multiples of 1.
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Idioms and Phrases with span (1 of 2)

span


see spick and span.

Idioms and Phrases with span (2 of 2)

spin


In addition to the idioms beginning with spin

  • spin a yarn
  • spin control
  • spin doctor
  • spin off
  • spin one's wheels
  • spin out

also see:

  • go into a tailspin
  • make one's head spin
  • put a spin on
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