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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Span  \Span\,  archaic 
  imp.  &  p.  p.  of  {Spin}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Span  \Span\,  n.  [AS.  spann;  akin  to  D.  span,  OHG.  spanna  G. 
  spanne,  Icel.  sp["o]nn.  [root]170.  See  {Span},  v.  t.  ] 
  1.  The  space  from  the  thumb  to  the  end  of  the  little  finger 
  when  extended;  nine  inches;  eighth  of  a  fathom. 
  2.  Hence  a  small  space  or  a  brief  portion  of  time. 
  Yet  not  to  earth's  contracted  span  Thy  goodness  let 
  me  bound.  --Pope. 
  Life's  but  a  span;  I'll  every  inch  enjoy. 
  3.  The  spread  or  extent  of  an  arch  between  its  abutments,  or 
  of  a  beam,  girder,  truss,  roof,  bridge,  or  the  like 
  between  its  supports. 
  4.  (Naut.)  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 
  5.  [Cf.  D.  span,  Sw  spann,  Dan.  sp[ae]nd,  G.  gespann  See 
  {Span},  v.  t.  ]  A  pair  of  horses  or  other  animals  driven 
  together;  usually,  such  a  pair  of  horses  when  similar  in 
  color,  form  and  action 
  {Span  blocks}  (Naut.),  blocks  at  the  topmast  and 
  topgallant-mast  heads,  for  the  studding-sail  halyards. 
  {Span  counter},  an  old  English  child's  game,  in  which  one 
  throws  a  counter  on  the  ground,  and  another  tries  to  hit 
  it  with  his  counter,  or  to  get  his  counter  so  near  it  that 
  he  can  span  the  space  between  them  and  touch  both  the 
  counters.  --Halliwell.  ``Henry  V.,  in  whose  time  boys  went 
  to  span  counter  for  French  crowns.''  --Shak. 
  {Span  iron}  (Naut.),  a  special  kind  of  harpoon,  usually 
  secured  just  below  the  gunwale  of  a  whaleboat. 
  {Span  roof},  a  common  roof,  having  two  slopes  and  one  ridge, 
  with  eaves  on  both  sides.  --Gwilt. 
  {Span  shackle}  (Naut.),  a  large  bolt  driven  through  the 
  forecastle  deck,  with  a  triangular  shackle  in  the  head  to 
  receive  the  heel  of  the  old-fashioned  fish  davit.  --Ham. 
  Nav.  Encyc. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Span  \Span\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Spanned};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Spanning}.]  [AS.  pannan;  akin  to  D.  &  G.  spannen,  OHG. 
  spannan  Sw  sp["a]nna,  Dan.  sp[ae]nde,  Icel.  spenna,  and 
  perh.  to  Gr  ?  to  draw,  to  drag,  L.  spatium  space.  [root]170. 
  Cf  {Spin},  v.  t.,  {Space},  {Spasm}.] 
  1.  To  measure  by  the  span  of  the  hand  with  the  fingers 
  extended,  or  with  the  fingers  encompassing  the  object;  as 
  to  span  a  space  or  distance;  to  span  a  cylinder. 
  My  right  hand  hath  spanned  the  heavens.  --Isa. 
  xiviii.  13. 
  2.  To  reach  from  one  side  of  to  the  order  to  stretch  over  as 
  an  arch. 
  The  rivers  were  spanned  by  arches  of  solid  masonry. 
  3.  To  fetter,  as  a  horse;  to  hobble. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Span  \Span\,  v.  i. 
  To  be  matched,  as  horses.  [U.  S.] 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Spin  \Spin\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Spun}(Archaic  imp.  {Span});  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Spinning}.]  [AS.  spinnan  akin  to  D.  &  G. 
  spinnen,  Icel.  &  Sw  spinna,  Dan.  spinde,  Goth.  spinnan  and 
  probably  to  E.  span.  [root]170.  Cf  {Span},  v.  t.,  {Spider}.] 
  1.  To  draw  out  and  twist  into  threads,  either  by  the  hand  or 
  machinery;  as  to  spin  wool,  cotton,  or  flax;  to  spin 
  goat's  hair;  to  produce  by  drawing  out  and  twisting  a 
  fibrous  material. 
  All  the  yarn  she  [Penelope]  spun  in  Ulysses'  absence 
  did  but  fill  Ithaca  full  of  moths.  --Shak. 
  2.  To  draw  out  tediously;  to  form  by  a  slow  process,  or  by 
  degrees;  to  extend  to  a  great  length;  --  with  out  as  to 
  spin  out  large  volumes  on  a  subject. 
  Do  you  mean  that  story  is  tediously  spun  out? 
  3.  To  protract;  to  spend  by  delays;  as  to  spin  out  the  day 
  in  idleness. 
  By  one  delay  after  another  they  spin  out  their  whole 
  lives.  --L'Estrange. 
  4.  To  cause  to  turn  round  rapidly;  to  whirl;  to  twirl;  as  to 
  spin  a  top 
  5.  To  form  (a  web,  a  cocoon,  silk,  or  the  like)  from  threads 
  produced  by  the  extrusion  of  a  viscid,  transparent  liquid, 
  which  hardens  on  coming  into  contact  with  the  air;  --  said 
  of  the  spider,  the  silkworm,  etc 
  6.  (Mech.)  To  shape,  as  malleable  sheet  metal,  into  a  hollow 
  form  by  bending  or  buckling  it  by  pressing  against  it 
  with  a  smooth  hand  tool  or  roller  while  the  metal 
  revolves,  as  in  a  lathe. 
  {To  spin  a  yarn}  (Naut.),  to  tell  a  story,  esp.  a  long  or 
  fabulous  tale. 
  {To  spin  hay}  (Mil.),  to  twist  it  into  ropes  for  convenient 
  carriage  on  an  expedition. 
  {To  spin  street  yarn},  to  gad  about  gossiping.  [Collog.] 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  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  [syn:  {couple},  {doubleton},  {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:  allows  people  or  vehicles  to  cross  an  obstacle  such  as  a 
  river  or  canal  or  railway  etc  [syn:  {bridge}] 
  6:  the  act  of  sitting  or  standing  astride  [syn:  {straddle}] 
  v  :  to  cover  a  wide  area;  "Rivers  traverse  the  valley  floor", 
  "The  parking  lot  spans  3  acres"  [syn:  {cross},  {traverse}, 

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