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Definition of 'span'

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  1. the complete duration of something; "the job was finished in the span of an hour"
  2. the distance or interval between two points
  3. two items of the same kind
       Synonyms: couple pair twosome twain brace yoke couplet distich duo duet dyad duad
  4. a unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches)
  5. a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
       Synonyms: bridge
  6. the act of sitting or standing astride
       Synonyms: straddle


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: cross traverse sweep

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