span

1
[ span ]
/ spæn /

noun

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

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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 spanning (2 of 2)

span3
[ span ]
/ spæn /

verb Archaic.

a simple past tense of spin.
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British Dictionary definitions for spanning (1 of 3)

span1
/ (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 spanning (2 of 3)

span2
/ (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 spanning (3 of 3)

span3
/ (spæn) /

verb

archaic, or dialect a past tense of spin
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Idioms and Phrases with spanning

span

see spick and span.

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