- 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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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
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
In 2004, she won again for The Aviator, which spanned the first half of the 20th century.Finally! ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Is Hollywood’s First 1990s Period Piece|Andrew Romano|December 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Her acquaintances—from Noël Coward to Gary Cooper; from Maria Callas to Marilyn Monroe—spanned world wars and continents.
A few yards further on was a massive steel bridge 400 yards long that spanned the Colorado.Across America by Motor-cycle|C. K. Shepherd
Fifteen miles from Trafton I crossed a high bridge that spanned a creek almost broad enough and deep enough to be called a river.Out of a Labyrinth|Lawrence L. Lynch
The river rushed and frothed over its weir, spanned by a picturesque stone bridge of many arches.Glories of Spain|Charles W. Wood
I lingered upon an ancient bridge that spanned the river, and the sun went down.The Witch of Prague|F. Marion Crawford
The water was spanned by a frail structure, generally out of order and in a state of uncertain repair.Dorothy Dale's Great Secret|Margaret Penrose
British Dictionary definitions for spanned (1 of 3)
verb spans, spanning or spanned (tr)
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Idioms and Phrases with spanned
see spick and span.