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A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.
Ray Stannard Baker

Meaning of "span" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SPAN

Old English spann; related to Old Norse sponn, Old High German spanna.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SPAN

span  [spæn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SPAN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Span is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb span in English.

WHAT DOES SPAN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of span in the English dictionary

The first definition of span in the dictionary is the interval, space, or distance between two points, such as the ends of a bridge or arch. Other definition of span is the complete duration or extent. Span is also the amount of material that can be processed in a single mental act.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO SPAN

PRESENT

Present
I span
you span
he/she/it spans
we span
you span
they span
Present continuous
I am spanning
you are spanning
he/she/it is spanning
we are spanning
you are spanning
they are spanning
Present perfect
I have spanned
you have spanned
he/she/it has spanned
we have spanned
you have spanned
they have spanned
Present perfect continuous
I have been spanning
you have been spanning
he/she/it has been spanning
we have been spanning
you have been spanning
they have been spanning
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I spanned
you spanned
he/she/it spanned
we spanned
you spanned
they spanned
Past continuous
I was spanning
you were spanning
he/she/it was spanning
we were spanning
you were spanning
they were spanning
Past perfect
I had spanned
you had spanned
he/she/it had spanned
we had spanned
you had spanned
they had spanned
Past perfect continuous
I had been spanning
you had been spanning
he/she/it had been spanning
we had been spanning
you had been spanning
they had been spanning
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will span
you will span
he/she/it will span
we will span
you will span
they will span
Future continuous
I will be spanning
you will be spanning
he/she/it will be spanning
we will be spanning
you will be spanning
they will be spanning
Future perfect
I will have spanned
you will have spanned
he/she/it will have spanned
we will have spanned
you will have spanned
they will have spanned
Future perfect continuous
I will have been spanning
you will have been spanning
he/she/it will have been spanning
we will have been spanning
you will have been spanning
they will have been spanning
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would span
you would span
he/she/it would span
we would span
you would span
they would span
Conditional continuous
I would be spanning
you would be spanning
he/she/it would be spanning
we would be spanning
you would be spanning
they would be spanning
Conditional perfect
I would have span
you would have span
he/she/it would have span
we would have span
you would have span
they would have span
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been spanning
you would have been spanning
he/she/it would have been spanning
we would have been spanning
you would have been spanning
they would have been spanning
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you span
we let´s span
you span
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to span
Past participle
spanned
Present Participle
spanning
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SPAN


bedpan
ˈbɛdˌpæn
Belmopan
ˌbɛlməˈpæn
Brakpan
ˈbrækˌpæn
Chopin
ˈʃɒpæn
deadpan
ˈdɛdˌpæn
fry-pan
ˈfraɪˌpæn
japan
dʒəˈpæn
lifespan
ˈlaɪfspæn
marzipan
ˈmɑːzɪˌpæn
pan
pæn
panne
pæn
Saipan
saɪˈpæn
sampan
ˈsæmpæn
sapan
ˈsæpæn
spic-and-span
ˈspɪkənˈspæn
taipan
ˈtaɪˌpæn
tarpan
ˈtɑːpæn
trepan
trɪˈpæn
ulpan
ˈuːlpæn
wingspan
ˈwɪŋˌspæn

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SPAN

spammy
span of apprehension
span roof
span saw
span-new
Span.
spanaemia
spanaemic
spanakopita
spancel
spancelled
spancelling
spandex
spandrel
spandril
spane
spang
spanghew
spangle
spangled

WORDS THAT END LIKE SPAN

attention span
Balikpapan
black japan
broiler pan
cake pan
dishpan
flash in the pan
frying pan
grill pan
iron pan
Kirpan
life span
loaf pan
Montespan
saucepan
tampan
time span
tympan
Uruapan
zupan

Synonyms and antonyms of span in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SPAN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «span» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of span

Translation of «span» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SPAN

Find out the translation of span to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of span from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «span» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

> 时间段
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

duración
570 millions of speakers

English

span
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अवधि
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

فترة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

срок
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

período
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

স্প্যামিং
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

durée
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Spamming
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Spanne
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

期間
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

> 기간
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Spamming
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

khoảng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தேவையற்றது
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्पॅमिंग
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

spam
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

periodo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

rozpiętości
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

термін
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

deschidere
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

διάρκεια
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

span
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

span
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

span
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of span

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SPAN»

The term «span» is very widely used and occupies the 4.592 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SPAN» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «span» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «span» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about span

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «SPAN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word span.
1
Joe Abercrombie
I span the entire geek spectrum.
2
Ray Stannard Baker
A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.
3
Ben Barnes
I had two family members involved in World War I: two great-uncles. One of them is on a memorial in France. And the other was a trench runner who survived the war. The average life span of a trench runner was 36 hours, but he survived the whole war.
4
Octavia Butler
I would never have been a good scientist - my attention span was too short for that.
5
Alex Campbell
Some would suggest that there has been a dramatic change in our perception of the world and ourselves within the world. Others have observed that there has been an almost complete about-face in a relatively short span of time.
6
Thomas Haden Church
Children from like 8 and even up to the college age - Spider-Man appeals to a fairly broad demographic but, like I said, a mean age probably of 12 is a good mark - they process information so quickly and it's not because of attention deficit or short attention span.
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Albert Claude
It is the cells which create and maintain in us, during the span of our lives, our will to live and survive, to search and experiment, and to struggle.
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Kresley Cole
As the installments in the 'Immortals After Dark' series span simultaneous timelines, making sure the details remained accurate was a hair-raising/losing exercise.
9
Jai Courtney
I'm not someone who has a lengthy attention span, and that applies to my exercise routine as well.
10
Chris Crutcher
'Deadline' is the story of a young man forced to discover who he is, and what's important in life, during the short span of his senior year in high school.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SPAN»

Discover the use of span in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to span and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Developing Person Through the Life Span
"The seventh edition comes with significant revision of cognitive development throughout childhood, revised and updated chapters on adolescence, and more attention to emerging and early adulthood.
Kathleen Stassen Berger, 2011
2
Invitation to the Life Span
The distinctive, definitive BERGER touch is evident throughout her new textbook, Invitation to the Life Span.
Kathleen Stassen Berger, 2009
3
Life Span Motor Development
This fully updated edition presents the principles of motor development in an accessible manner for readers with minimal movement science background.
Kathleen Haywood, Nancy Getchell, 2009
4
Life-Span Human Development
This new edition also asks students to engage more actively with the content, and includes a clear focus on the complex interactions of nature and nurture in development, more integrated coverage of culture and diversity, and an exciting ...
Carol Sigelman, Elizabeth Rider, 2014
5
Disability Across the Developmental Life Span: For the ...
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Julie Smart, 2011
6
Human Development: A Life-Span View
This organization also allows the book to be relatively briefer than other texts a benefit given the enormous amount of information covered in the course.
Robert Kail, John Cavanaugh, 2012
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A Topical Approach to Life-Span Development
Santrock’s hallmark Learning Goals pedagogy provides a comprehensive roadmap to the text material, clearly pointing out the core concepts fundamental to students’ learning and performance.
John Santrock, 2011
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Functional Movement Development Across the Life Span
This edition includes more clinical examples and applications, and updates data relating to typical performance on standardized tests of balance.
Donna J. Cech, Suzanne Tink Martin, 2011
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Life-Span Development
The research and development of the 13th edition indicated that students said that highlighting connections among the different aspects of life-span development would help them to better understand the concepts.
John Santrock, 2010
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The C-span Revolution
Explores the inception, development, and current status of the public service television network, and examines C-SPAN's impact on public figures and the station's role in the development of cable TV
Stephen E. Frantzich, 1996

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SPAN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term span is used in the context of the following news items.
1
1 side of major California span to reopen from collapse
One lane of traffic in each direction will use what normally is the westbound span of the bridge over a small desert gully. That bridge was damaged but not ... «Tribune-Review, Jul 15»
2
The Nationals need a healthy Denard Span
Until Denard Span's MRI exam results are examined by a back specialist and a diagnosis is issued, perhaps by Wednesday, the center fielder likely will remain ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
3
Doug Fister back from DL Thursday; Denard Span out with back issue
The Nationals will also hope to get back center fielder Denard Span, who is out of Wednesday's lineup with back tightness. Fister went on the disabled list on ... «ESPN, Jun 15»
4
Denard Span refuses to let back injury slow him down in Nationals …
The Nationals' Denard Span hits an RBI single in the 11th inning to allow Tyler Moore to score the game-winning run in a 5-4 victory against the Yankees ... «Washington Times, Jun 15»
5
Goldfish have a better attention span than you, smartphone user
According to a spring 2015 study from Microsoft, the average human attention span has fallen below that of goldfish -- and you can blame it on the gadgets we ... «CNET, May 15»
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You Now Have a Shorter Attention Span Than a Goldfish
The average attention span for the notoriously ill-focused goldfish is nine seconds, but according to a new study from Microsoft Corp., people now generally lose ... «TIME, May 15»
7
Jayson Werth to play in Potomac Thursday, Denard Span headed …
Injured Washington Nationals outfielders Denard Span and Jayson Werth are taking substantial steps toward returning to the lineup. One of them could be back ... «Washington Post, Apr 15»
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Denard Span will play three innings in minor league game Saturday
Williams provided the somewhat surprising news that center fielder Denard Span will play in a minor league game in Viera today. He will play three innings and ... «Washington Post, Apr 15»
9
Demolition of Cantilever, old span of Bay Bridge, continues
... Bay Bridge continues. Demolition of the old span of the Bay Bridge continues as they work to bring down the Cantilever section, which was built in the 1930s. «abc7news.com, Mar 15»
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WATCH: C-SPAN Gets a Call from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
C-SPAN's Washington Journal was taking calls from viewers on the role that Congress should play in the U.S. negotiations with Iran when they received a call ... «Mediaite, Mar 15»

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