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Definition of span noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the length of time that something lasts or is able to continue I worked with him over a span of six years. The project must be completed within a specific time span. Small children have a short attention span. a study of the entire span of Arab history see also lifespan
  2. 2span (of something) a range or variety of something Managers have a wide span of control. These forests cover a broad span of latitudes.
  3. 3the part of a bridge or an arch between one vertical support and another The bridge crosses the river in a single span.
  4. 4the width of something from one side to the other The kite has a span of 1 yard. see also wingspan
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: span