Span Span, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spanned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spanning}.] [AS. pannan; akin to D. & G. spannen, OHG. spannan, Sw. sp["a]nna, Dan. sp[ae]nde, Icel. spenna, and perh. to Gr. ? to draw, to drag, L. spatium space. [root]170. Cf. {Spin}, v. t., {Space}, {Spasm}.] 1. To measure by the span of the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object; as, to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder. [1913 Webster]

My right hand hath spanned the heavens. --Isa. xiviii. 13. [1913 Webster]

2. To reach from one side of to the order; to stretch over as an arch. [1913 Webster]

The rivers were spanned by arches of solid masonry. --prescott. [1913 Webster]

3. To fetter, as a horse; to hobble. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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