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English noun: span

1. span (time) the complete duration of something

SamplesThe job was finished in the span of an hour.

Broader (hypernym)continuance, duration

Narrower (hyponym)attention span

2. span (attribute) the distance or interval between two points

Broader (hypernym)distance

3. span (quantity) two items of the same kind

Synonymsbrace, couple, couplet, distich, duad, duet, duo, dyad, pair, twain, twosome, yoke

Broader (hypernym)2, deuce, II, two

Narrower (hyponym)doubleton

Part holonymfellow, mate

4. span (quantity) a unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches)

Broader (hypernym)linear measure, linear unit

5. span (artifact) a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.


Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

Narrower (hyponym)Bailey bridge, bateau bridge, cantilever bridge, cattle grid, cattle guard, covered bridge, drawbridge, floating bridge, flyover, footbridge, lift bridge, overcrossing, overpass, pedestrian bridge, pontoon bridge, rope bridge, steel arch bridge, suspension bridge, toll bridge, trestle bridge, truss bridge, viaduct

Part holonymarch, pier, trestle

Part meronymtransit, transportation, transportation system

6. span (act) the act of sitting or standing astride


Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement

Part holonymcall, call option, put, put option

English verb: span

1. span (stative) to cover or extend over an area or time period

SamplesRivers traverse the valley floor.
The parking lot spans 3 acres.
The novel spans three centuries.

Synonymscross, sweep, traverse

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)continue, cover, extend

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