- 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.
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.
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verb spans, spanning or spanned (tr)
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see spick and span.