- 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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Definition for spanning (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for spanning
Spanning more than 150 years, the exhibit exhaustively distinguishes designer pieces from licensed copies, adaptations, and fakes.
I found this book made me feel connected to a community of sufferers both real and fictional, spanning centuries.
The other seven dispensaries, spanning from coast to coast, are death traps for thousands of sea organisms each year.New Report Reveals U.S. Fisheries Killing Thousands of Protected and Endangered Species|Abby Haglage|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Deeply ambitious and spanning multiple countries, Touch is an intriguing concept and definitely one to watch for midseason.
He confirmed that the studies he and his colleagues examined are now at least 19 years old, spanning from the late 1960s to 1992.
It was equivalent to spanning three bad fords with one bridge.
The view is closed by a range of red cliffs, with the magnificent iron bridge of Chepstow spanning the river.The Wye and Its Associations|Leitch Ritchie
Suddenly a glorious rainbow shaped itself in the transparent mist over the Confederate camp, spanning it from end to end.Four Years in Rebel Capitals|T. C. DeLeon
Spanning the pond near the dam, was a bridge of logs which they had neglected to destroy.Three Years in the Sixth Corps|George T. Stevens
Overhead was an arch of brilliant light a hundred miles thick, spanning the whole of the visible heavens.A Honeymoon in Space|George Griffith
British Dictionary definitions for spanning (1 of 3)
verb spans, spanning or spanned (tr)
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British Dictionary definitions for spanning (2 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for spanning (3 of 3)
Idioms and Phrases with spanning
see spick and span.