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Meaning & Definition of Span in English

English

Span

/spæn/

noun

1. The complete duration of something

  • "The job was finished in the span of an hour"
    synonym:
  • span

2. The distance or interval between two points

    synonym:
  • span

3. Two items of the same kind

    synonym:
  • couple
  • ,
  • pair
  • ,
  • twosome
  • ,
  • twain
  • ,
  • brace
  • ,
  • span
  • ,
  • 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)

    synonym:
  • span

5. A structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.

    synonym:
  • bridge
  • ,
  • span

6. The act of sitting or standing astride

    synonym:
  • straddle
  • ,
  • span

verb

1. To cover or extend over an area or time period

  • "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "the parking lot spans 3 acres"
  • "The novel spans three centuries"
    synonym:
  • cross
  • ,
  • traverse
  • ,
  • span
  • ,
  • sweep

Examples of using

According to a recent study, the average life span of the Japanese is still increasing.
The bridge has a span of 100 meters.
According to a recent study, the average life span of the Japanese is still increasing.