The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom.
Hence, a small space or a brief portion of time.
* Alexander Pope
- Yet not to earth's contracted span / Thy goodness let me bound.
* 2007 . Zerzan, John. Silence .
- Life's but a span ; I'll every inch enjoy.
The spread or extent of an arch or between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between supports.
The length of a cable, wire, rope, chain between two consecutive supports.
(nautical) A rope having its ends made fast so that a purchase can be hooked to the bight; also, a rope made fast in the center so that both ends can be used.
(obsolete) A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action.
(mathematics) the space of all linear combinations of something
- The unsilent present is a time of evaporating attention spans ,
Old English spannan
To traverse the distance between.
To cover or extend over an area or time period.
- The suspension bridge spanned the canyon as tenuously as one could imagine.
- The parking lot spans three acres.
- The novel spans three centuries.
- World record! 5 GHz WiFi connection spans 189 miles. [http://www.engadget.com/2007/08/27/world-record-5ghz-wifi-connection-spans-189-miles/]
To measure by the span of the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object.
- The rivers were spanned by arches of solid masonry.
* Bible, Isa. xiviii. 13
- to span''' a space or distance; to '''span a cylinder
(mathematics) to generate an entire space by means of linear combinations
(intransitive, US, dated) To be matched, as horses.
To fetter, as a horse; to hobble.
- My right hand hath spanned the heavens.
(archaic, nonstandard) (spin)
*:a giant pick-up truck span out of control during a stunt show in a Dutch town, killing three people
To produce or deposit (eggs) in water.
To generate, bring into being, especially non-mammalian beings in very large numbers.
To bring forth in general.
To induce (aquatic organisms) to spawn
To plant with fungal spawn
To deposit (numerous) eggs in water.
To reproduce, especially in large numbers.
(ergative, video games, of a character or object) (To cause) to appear spontaneously in a game at a certain point and time.
* spawn point
The numerous eggs of an aquatic organism.
Mushroom mycelium prepared for (aided) propagation.
(by extension, sometimes, derogatory) Any germ or seed, even a figurative source; offspring.
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, title=TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Mr. Plow” (season 4, episode 9; originally aired 11/19/1992)
, passage=Even the blithely unselfconscious Homer is more than a little freaked out by West’s private reverie, and encourages his spawn to move slowly away without making eye contact with the crazy man.}}
(horticulture) The buds or branches produced from underground stems.
(video games) The location in a game where characters or objects spontaneously appear.