how to pronounce span


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span is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of span in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and sound judgment span the political …”

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.

span frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word span occurs in english on average 12.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics span can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that span can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

words with pronunciation similar to span


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