1. [ verb ] to cover or extend over an area or time period
Synonyms: sweep traverse cross

"Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres" "The novel spans three centuries"

Related terms: cover sweep
2. [ noun ] the complete duration of something

"the job was finished in the span of an hour"

Related terms: duration attention_span
3. [ noun ] the distance or interval between two points
Related terms: distance cross
4. [ noun ] a unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches)
Related terms: linear_unit
5. [ noun ] two items of the same kind
Synonyms: pair couple couplet twain twosome dyad yoke distich duo duet brace duad doubleton
Related terms: two doubleton geminate
6. [ noun ] (transportation) a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
Synonyms: bridge
Related terms: structure suspension_bridge footbridge pontoon_bridge truss_bridge cattle_grid viaduct overpass Bailey_bridge trestle_bridge rope_bridge steel_arch_bridge drawbridge cantilever_bridge gangplank covered_bridge transportation_system trestle pier arch
7. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 18438
8. [ noun ] the act of sitting or standing astride
Synonyms: straddle
Related terms: motion call_option put_option straddle
Similar spelling:   Spano