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definition of the word span

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Old English spann

Singular
span

Plural
spans

span (plural spans)

  1. The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom.
  2. Hence, a small space or a brief portion of time.
    • 2007. Zerzan, John. Silence.
      The unsilent present is a time of evaporating attention spans,
  3. The spread or extent of an arch or between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between supports.
  4. The length of a cable, wire, rope, chain between two consective supports.
  5. (nautical) A rope having its ends made fast so that a purchase can be hooked to the bight; also, a rope made fast in the center so that both ends can be used.
  6. (obsolete) A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action.
  7. (mathematics) the space of all linear combinations of something

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