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Verb: scan (scanned,scanning)  skan
  1. Examine minutely or intensely
    "the surgeon scanned the X-ray"
     
  2. Examine hastily
    "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi";
    - skim, rake, glance over, run down
     
  3. Make a wide, sweeping search of
    "The beams scanned the night sky"
     
  4. (poetry) conform to a metrical pattern
     
  5. Move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image
     
  6. Read metrically
    "scan verses"
     
  7. Obtain data from magnetic tapes
    - read
Noun: scan  skan
  1. The act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region
    "he made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars"
     
  2. An image produced by scanning
    "he analysed the brain scan"; "you could see the tumour in the CAT scan";
    - CAT scan

Derived forms: scanning, scanned, scans

Type of: conform, construe, declaim, displace, examination, examine, icon, ikon, image, interpret, move, picture, recite, scrutiny, search, see

Encyclopedia: Scan