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SPAN, n. [This word is formed on the root of bend, L. pando. The primary sense is to strain, stretch, extend, hence to join a team.]

1. The space from the end of the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; the eighth of a fathom.

2. A short space of time. Life's but a span; I'll every inch enjoy.

3. A span of horses, consists of two of nearly the same color, and otherwise nearly alike, which are usually harness side by side. The word signifies properly the same as yoke, when applied to horned cattle, from buckling or fastening together. But in America, span always implies resemblance in color at least; it being an object of ambition with gentlemen and with teamters to unite two horses abreast that are alike.

4. In seamen's language, a small line or cord, the middle of which is attached to a stay.

SPAN, v.t.

1. To measure by the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object; as, to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder.

2. To measure. This soul doth span the world.

SPAN, v.i. To agree in color, or in color and size; as, the horses span well. [New England.]

SPAN, pert. of spin. We now use spun.




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SPAN, n. [This word is formed on the root of bend, L. pando. The primary sense is to strain, stretch, extend, hence to join a team.]

1. The space from the end of the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; the eighth of a fathom.

2. A short space of time. Life's but a span; I'll every inch enjoy.

3. A span of horses, consists of two of nearly the same color, and otherwise nearly alike, which are usually harness side by side. The word signifies properly the same as yoke, when applied to horned cattle, from buckling or fastening together. But in America, span always implies resemblance in color at least; it being an object of ambition with gentlemen and with teamters to unite two horses abreast that are alike.

4. In seamen's language, a small line or cord, the middle of which is attached to a stay.

SPAN, v.t.

1. To measure by the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object; as, to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder.

2. To measure. This soul doth span the world.

SPAN, v.i. To agree in color, or in color and size; as, the horses span well. [New England.]

SPAN, pert. of spin. We now use spun.


SPAN, n.1 [Sax. span; D. span; G. spanne; Dan. spand; a span in measure; Sw. span, a span in measure, and a set of coach horses, G. gespann; verbs, Sax. spannan, to span, to unite; gespanian, to join; D. and G. spannen; Dan. spander, to strain, stretch, bend, yoke. This word is formed on the root of bend, L. pando. The primary sense is to strain, stretch, extend, hence to join a team, Dan. forspand, D. gespan.]

  1. The space from the end of the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; the eighth of a fathom. – Holder.
  2. A short space of time. Life's but a span; I'll every inch enjoy. – Farquhar.
  3. A span of horses, consists of two of nearly the same color, and otherwise nearly alike, which are usually harnessed side by side. The word signifies properly the same as yoke, when applied to horned cattle, from buckling or fastening together. But in America, span always implies a resemblance in color at least; it being an object of ambition with gentlemen and with teamsters to unite two horses abreast that are alike.
  4. In seamen's language, a small line or cord, the middle of which is attached to a stay.

SPAN, n.2

In architecture, the spread or extent of an arch between its abutments.


SPAN, v. [pret of Spin.]

[Obs.] We now use spun.


SPAN, v.i.

To agree in color, or in color and size; as, the horses span well. [New England.]


SPAN, v.t.

  1. To measure by the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object; as, to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder.
  2. To measure. This soul doth span the world. – Herbert.

Span
  1. imp. & p. p. of Spin.
  2. The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom.
  3. To measure by the span of the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object; as, to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder.

    My right hand hath spanned the heavens. Isa. xiviii. 13.

  4. To be matched, as horses.

    [U. S.]
  5. Hence, a small space or a brief portion of time.

    Yet not to earth's contracted span
    Thy goodness let me bound.
    Pope.

    Life's but a span; I'll every inch enjoy. Farquhar.

  6. To reach from one side of to the order; to stretch over as an arch.

    The rivers were spanned by arches of solid masonry. prescott.

  7. The spread or extent of an arch between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between its supports.
  8. To fetter, as a horse; to hobble.
  9. 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.
  10. A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action.

    Span blocks (Naut.), blocks at the topmast and topgallant-mast heads, for the studding-sail halyards. -- Span counter, an old English child's game, in which one throws a counter on the ground, and another tries to hit it with his counter, or to get his counter so near it that he can span the space between them, and touch both the counters. Halliwell. "Henry V., in whose time boys went to span counter for French crowns." Shak. -- Span iron (Naut.), a special kind of harpoon, usually secured just below the gunwale of a whaleboat. -- Span roof, a common roof, having two slopes and one ridge, with eaves on both sides. Gwilt. -- Span shackle (Naut.), a large bolt driven through the forecastle deck, with a triangular shackle in the head to receive the heel of the old-fashioned fish davit. Ham. Nav. Encyc.

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SPAN, noun [This word is formed on the root of bend, Latin pando. The primary sense is to strain, stretch, extend, hence to join a team.]

1. The space from the end of the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; the eighth of a fathom.

2. A short space of time. Life's but a span; I'll every inch enjoy.

3. A span of horses, consists of two of nearly the same color, and otherwise nearly alike, which are usually harness side by side. The word signifies properly the same as yoke, when applied to horned cattle, from buckling or fastening together. But in America, span always implies resemblance in color at least; it being an object of ambition with gentlemen and with teamters to unite two horses abreast that are alike.

4. In seamen's language, a small line or cord, the middle of which is attached to a stay.

SPAN, verb transitive

1. To measure by the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object; as, to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder.

2. To measure. This soul doth span the world.

SPAN, verb intransitive To agree in color, or in color and size; as, the horses span well. [New England.]

SPAN, pert. of spin. We now use spun.

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