- 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 football team has had 23 players test positive in a two-week span.Maryland, with 15 more players and its coach positive for coronavirus, cancels Michigan State game|Emily Giambalvo|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
The case went to trial in late 2018 after experts from both sides analyzed a huge trove of internal Harvard data spanning several years of applications and admission decisions.Appeals court upholds ruling that Harvard admissions does not discriminate against Asian Americans|Nick Anderson|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
Expert speakers — spanning the public, private and defense sectors — will share a veritable galaxy of wisdom, experience and insight.48 hours left to save on tickets to TC Sessions: Space 2020|Alexandra Ames|November 12, 2020|TechCrunch
The museum, spanning more than 240 years of history, includes galleries covering periods of history from before the Revolutionary War to the present.New Army Museum highlights innovation and individual stories|Ann Cameron Siegal|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
The returning children — who span all age levels, from kindergarten through 12th grade — will learn in school buildings for two days each week.Fauquier County Public Schools returns majority of students to classrooms|Hannah Natanson|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
Cohen is still our elegist for the ages, even when his song spanned several cultural moments.
Twice in our conversations, which spanned two days this past week, the actors started joking about tripping on acid.How Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Pulled Off Their Most Dramatic Roles Yet|Kevin Fallon|September 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Certainly few musicians so effortlessly spanned so many different styles.
Only after the attack occurred did we find out it spanned nearly eight hours.
The so-called “cut-outs” are the final chapter in an artistic career which spanned over 50 years.This Summer, Get Thee To London For The RSC’s Henry IV|Emma Woolf|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The bridge that spanned it had, to Harry's astonishment, been only partially destroyed; it could easily be crossed.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
Four miles before reaching Candy, we came to the river Mahavilaganga, which is spanned by a masterly bridge of one arch.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
The original text for the July issue had a table of contents that spanned six issues.
It was very deep in parts, especially at the waist or narrow that was spanned by the decayed bridge.
He studied the designs of the chief buildings; of the bridges that spanned the streams that fed the lake.The Devil-Tree of El Dorado|Frank Aubrey
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verb spans, spanning or spanned (tr)
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Idioms and Phrases with span
see spick and span.