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Verb: span (spanned,spanning)  span
  1. To cover or extend over an area or time period
    "The parking lot spans 3 acres"; "The novel spans three centuries";
    - cross, traverse, sweep
  2. (mathematics) generate an entire space by means of linear combinations
Noun: span  span
  1. The complete duration of something
    "the job was finished in the span of an hour"
  2. The distance or interval between two points
  3. Two items of the same kind
    - couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad
  4. A unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches)
  5. A structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
    - bridge
  6. The act of sitting or standing astride
    - straddle
Verb: spin (span,spun,spinning)  spin
  1. Revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
    "The dervishes spin around and around without getting dizzy";
    - spin around, whirl, reel, gyrate
  2. Stream in jets, of liquids
  3. Cause to spin
    "spin a coin";
    - whirl, birl [UK], twirl
  4. Make up a story
    "spin a yarn"
  5. Form a web by making a thread
    "spiders spin a fine web"
  6. Work natural fibers into a thread
    "spin silk"
  7. Twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation
    "The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrassing"
  8. Prolong or extend
    "spin out a visit";
    - spin out

Derived forms: spanned, spans, spanning

Type of: 2, circumvolve, construction, continuance, continue, cook up, cover, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, deuce, distance, distort, draw out, duration, extend, fabricate, go around, II, invent, lay out, linear measure, linear unit, make up, manufacture, motility, motion, move, movement, present, prolong, protract, represent, revolve, rotate, stream, structure, twine, twist, two, well out

Part of: transit, transportation, transportation system

Encyclopedia: Span