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"span" in British English

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spannoun

uk   /spæn/ us   /spæn/

spanverb

uk   /spæn/ us   /spæn/
  • span verb (TIME)

[T] -nn- to exist or continue for a particular length of time: Tennis has a history spanning several centuries. Her acting career spanned almost six decades.
  • span verb (BRIDGE)

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

spanadjective

uk   /spæn/ 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 carry trains across the gorge.
span
verb [T] us   /spæn/ -nn-
An old bridge spans the river just outside the town.
(Definition of span from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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