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Meaning & Definition of Scan in English

English

Scan

/skæn/

noun

1. The act of scanning

  • Systematic examination of a prescribed region
  • "He made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars"
    synonym:
  • scan

2. An image produced by scanning

  • "He analyzed the brain scan"
  • "You could see the tumor in the cat scan"
    synonym:
  • scan
  • ,
  • CAT scan

verb

1. Examine minutely or intensely

  • "The surgeon scanned the x-ray"
    synonym:
  • scan

2. Examine hastily

  • "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"
    synonym:
  • scan
  • ,
  • skim
  • ,
  • rake
  • ,
  • glance over
  • ,
  • run down

3. Make a wide, sweeping search of

  • "The beams scanned the night sky"
    synonym:
  • scan

4. Conform to a metrical pattern

    synonym:
  • scan

5. Move a light beam over

  • In electronics, to reproduce an image
    synonym:
  • scan

6. Read metrically

  • "Scan verses"
    synonym:
  • scan

7. Obtain data from magnetic tapes

  • "This dictionary can be read by the computer"
    synonym:
  • read
  • ,
  • scan