Definition Of spans


(of a bridge, arch, etc.) extend from side to side of.

the stream was spanned by a narrow bridge

a rope with its ends fastened at different points to a spar or other object in order to provide a purchase.

a team of people or animals, in particular.

the full extent of something from end to end; the amount of space that something covers.

a warehouse with a clear span of 28 feet

Example Of spans

  • A bridge spans the moat from the gently sloping walk to the house entrance.

  • a short concentration span

  • According to a newspaper report, the first arch spanned the River Severn on 2nd July 1779.

  • Bridges spanning the Chicago River provided a compelling motif for several painters in the exhibition.

  • Brokeback Mountain spans a time period of nearly twenty years.

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