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scanverb [I/T]

us   /skæn/ -nn-
to examine something carefully: [I] This technique is used to scan for defective genes.
If an image or text on paper is scanned into a computer, it is changed into electronic information by a special device: [T] A little hand-held device beeps as soon as it has scanned a bar code.
If you scan a text you read it quickly: [T] I scanned a few pages of the book and thought it looked interesting.

scannoun [C]

us   /skæn/
the act of looking at or through something carefully or quickly: A quick scan of my calendar shows that I’m pretty busy this week. a security scan of passengersbags
A scan is an examination of the inside of something, such as part of the body or a package, using a computerized device to produce an image of what cannot be seen with the eyes: a medical scan of the head
(Definition of scan from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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scanverb

uk   /skæn/ us   /skæn/ -nn-
  • 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.
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.
  • 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.

scannoun

uk   /skæn/ us   /skæn/
(Definition of scan from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scanverb [T]

uk   /skæn/ us   -nn-
IT, COMMERCE to use a piece of electronic equipment to get information from something such as a bank card or a product's barcode: The barcode is scanned to get the price of the product.
IT to use a machine to make a copy of a document or picture and put it into a computer: He scanned the document and emailed it to the head office.
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 it is about: I scanned the article looking for details, but didn't find anything.

scannoun

uk   /skæn/ us  
[C] IT a picture of a document that has been put into a computer: The machine received a good score for its color scans.
[S] a quick look through something, especially in order to check that it is good enough: Can you give this letter a quick scan?
(Definition of scan from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “scan”
in Korean 정밀 검사를 하다, (스캐너로) 스캔하다, 살펴보다…
in Arabic يَفحَص بِالأشعّة, يَمسَح بِالماسِح الضَوئي, يَمسَح…
in Malaysian menjalankan penelitian, membaca sesuatu sepintas lalu, mengimbas…
in French scruter, parcourir, balayer…
in Russian сканировать, пробегать глазами, бегло осматривать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 看, (用肉眼或用機器)細看,審視, 粗略地看…
in Italian fare un’ecografia di, controllare tramite scanner/body-scanner, fare una scansione di…
in Turkish aletle taramak, resim ve yazıları bilgisayara aktarmak için taramak, iyice incelemek…
in Polish prześwietlać, skanować, rozglądać się po…
in Spanish escanear, recorrer con la mirada, ojear…
in Vietnamese kiểm tra cẩn thận, đọc lướt, quét qua…
in Portuguese escanear, perscrutar, esquadrinhar…
in Thai ตรวจอย่างถี่ถ้วน, กวาดตามอง, ตรวจด้วยเรดาร์…
in German genau prüfen, überfliegen, abtasten…
in Catalan escanejar, recórrer amb la mirada, donar una ullada a…
in Japanese (レントゲンなどで)~をスキャンする, ~をスキャンしてコンピュータに取り込む, (大勢の人などを)ざっと見渡す…
in Chinese (Simplified) 看, (用肉眼或用机器)细看,审视, 粗略地看…
in Indonesian memeriksa, melihat sepintas, memeriksa dengan radar…
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