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span

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[ span ]
/ spæn /
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noun
verb (used with object), spanned, span·ning.
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Origin of span

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English noun spanne, sponne, spayn, Old English span(n), spon(n); cognate with German Spanne, Dutch span, Old Norse spǫnn; the verb is derivative of the noun

Other definitions for span (2 of 4)

span2
[ span ]
/ spæn /

noun
a pair of horses or other animals harnessed and driven together.

Origin of span

2
An Americanism dating to 1760–70; from Dutch: “team (of oxen, horses)”

synonym study for span

See pair.

Other definitions for span (3 of 4)

span3
[ span ]
/ spæn /

verb Archaic.
a simple past tense of spin.

Other definitions for span (4 of 4)

Span.

abbreviation
Spaniard.
Spanish.
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British Dictionary definitions for span (1 of 4)

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 span (2 of 4)

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 span (3 of 4)

span3
/ (spæn) /

verb
archaic, or dialect a past tense of spin

British Dictionary definitions for span (4 of 4)

Span.

abbreviation for
Spanish
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Other Idioms and Phrases with span

span

see spick and span.

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