span


span
span1 [spæn]
a past tense of ↑spin
span 2
span2 n
[: Old English; Origin: spann]
1.) a period of time between two dates or events
over/within/in a span of sth
Over a span of ten years, the company has made great progress.
It'll be difficult to hire that many new staff in such a short time span.
2.) the length of time over which someone's life, ability to pay attention to something etc continues
attention/concentration span
Most 2-year-olds have a very short attention span .
Captivity vastly reduces the life span of whales.
3.) the part of a bridge, ↑arch etc that goes across from one support to another
4.) the distance from one side of something to the other
a bird with a large wing span
span 3
span3 past tense and past participle spanned present participle spanning
v [T]
1.) to include all of a period of time
a career which spanned nearly 60 years
2.) to include all of a particular space or area
The Mongol Empire spanned much of Central Asia.
3.) if a bridge spans an area of water, especially a river, it goes from one side to the other

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