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Definition of span noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    span

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    noun
    BrE BrE//spæn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spæn//
     
    Architectural features
     
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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. See related entries: Architectural features
  4. 4the width of something from one side to the other The kite has a span of 1.5 metres. see also wingspan
  5. Word Origin Old English, ‘distance between the tips of the thumb and little finger’, of Germanic origin; reinforced in Middle English by Old French espan.Extra examples He has a short attention span. The book covers the entire span of Arab history. The bridge has a clear span of 120 feet. The speech continued well beyond its allotted span. a broad span of interests to prolong life beyond its natural span I worked with him several times over a span of six years. Managers have a wide span of responsibilities. Small children have a short attention span. The bridge has 10 arches, each of a 30-foot span. The project must be completed within a specific time span.
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