Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps


Noun: scanning  ska-ning
  1. The process of translating photographs into a digital form that can be recognized by a computer
     
  2. The act of systematically moving a finely focused beam of light or electrons over a surface in order to produce an image of it for analysis or transmission
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

Derived forms: scannings

Type of: conform, construe, declaim, displace, examine, interpret, move, photography, recite, replication, reproduction, search, see

Encyclopedia: Scanning

Scan