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meanings of span


  1. A portion of something by length; a subsequence.
  2. A rope having its ends made fast so that a purchase can be hooked to the bight; also, a rope made fast in the center so that both ends can be used.
  3. The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; an eighth of a fathom.
  4. A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action.
  5. The time required to execute a parallel algorithm on an infinite number of processors, i.e. the shortest distance across a directed acyclic graph representing the computation steps.
  6. The space of all linear combinations of something.
  7. The length of a cable, wire, rope, chain between two consecutive supports.
  8. A small space or a brief portion of time.
  9. The spread or extent of an arch or between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between supports.


  1. To fetter, as a horse; to hobble.
  2. To extend through the distance between or across.
  3. Simple past tense of spin.
  4. To extend through (a time period).
  5. To generate an entire space by means of linear combinations.
  6. To be matched, as horses.
  7. To measure by the span of the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object.


  1. Acronym of Switched Port Analyzer, a Cisco technology.
  2. Acronym of Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network.

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