span Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"span" in British English

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spannoun

uk   us   /spæn/

span noun (TIME)

[C usually singular] the ​period of ​time that sometimes ​exists or ​happens: He has a ​short attention/concentration span. an ​average life span of 70 ​years Over a span of just three ​years, the new ​government has ​transformed the country's ​economicprospects.
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span noun (LENGTH)

[C] the ​length of something from one end to the other: hugewings with a span of over a ​metre
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[C] the ​area of a ​bridge, etc. between two ​supports: The ​bridgecrosses the ​river in a ​single span.

spanverb

uk   us   /spæn/

span verb (SPIN)

past simple of spin

span verb (TIME)

[T] (-nn-) to ​exist or ​continue for a ​particularlength of ​time: Tennis has a ​history spanning several ​centuries. Her ​actingcareer spanned ​almost six ​decades.

span verb (BRIDGE)

[T] (-nn-) If a ​bridge spans a ​river, it goes from one ​side to the other: An ​oldbridge spans the ​river just ​outside the ​town.

spanadjective

uk   us   /spæn/
spick and span →  spick and span
(Definition of span from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"span" in American English

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spannoun [C]

 us   /spæn/
the ​length of something: A ​lifetime is a span of about seventy ​years. The Rangers ​scored three ​goals in the span of five ​minutes. A span is also the ​distance between two ​points, esp. between the ​structures that ​hold up a ​bridge: In 1855, an 850-foot span was ​built to ​carrytrainsacross the ​gorge.
span
verb [T]  us   /spæn/ (-nn-)
An ​oldbridge spans the ​river just ​outside the ​town.
(Definition of span from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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