Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: span
IPA transcription: [sp'├Žn]
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: span
    Meaning: the complete duration of something; "the job was finished in the span of an hour"
  • Synonyms: span
    Meaning: the distance or interval between two points
verb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: cross, traverse, span, sweep
    Meaning: to cover or extend over an area or time period; "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres"; "The novel spans three centuries"
Usage examples
  • These twin deities, Mitra and Varuna, measured out the span of human life.
  • When Adam delved and Eve span, the fiction that man is incapable of housework was first established.
  • The god of destiny measured out the span of life: he fixed the day of death, but never revealed his secrets.
  • While a portion of the Southern army was across it must be a minor portion, and certainly the major part could not span such a flood and attack.
  • He ran into the next room, and there stood Geppetto, grown years younger overnight, spick and span in his new clothes and gay as a lark in the morning.
  • The first ten years of my life were longer than all the rest put together, and I think would continue to be so were my future extended to an ante-Noachian span.
  • They who had sprung from the people a short life span ago were now throttling individual effort and shackling the great movement for equal rights and equal opportunity."
  • Finally, it is a kind book; it is not written for its author's glory, nor for his enrichment, but to tell you things that may be useful to you in the brief span of your life.
  • Three merry girls, a pair of small boys, two amiable mammas, Chris and Corny, made up the party, with Abner to drive the big wagon drawn by Milk and Molasses, the yellow span.
  • By this time she weighs about eighteen pounds, and measures the length of a grown man's leg from hip to heel; her dorsal fin measures more than two hand-breadths, and it would take a large hand to span her back.