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scan

verb uk   /skæn/ (-nn-) us  

scan verb (LOOK)

C2 [T] to look at something carefully, with the eyes or with a machine, in order to get information: She anxiously scanned the faces of the men leaving the train. Doug scanned the horizon for any sign of the boat.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive C1 [I + adv/prep, T] to look through a text quickly in order to find a piece of information that you want or to get a general idea of what the text contains: I scanned through the booklet but couldn't find the address. Scan the newspaper article quickly and make a note of the main points.Reading

scan verb (MAKE PICTURE)

C1 [I or T] to use a machine to put a picture of a document into a computer, or to take a picture of the inside of something: I'll just scan the article into the computer. Volunteers' brains were scanned while they looked at the pictures. All hand luggage has to be scanned.Computer conceptsCopying and copiesForgery

scan verb (POEM)

[I] specialized literature If a poem or part of a poem scans, it follows a pattern of regular beats: This line doesn't scan - it's got too many syllables.Poetry

scan

noun uk   /skæn/ us  
[S] a careful or quick look through something: I gave the book a quick scan, and decided not to buy it.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive C2 [C] a medical examination in which an image of the inside of the body is made using a special machine: to do a brain scan to have an ultrasound scanMedical examination
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