Definition of “span” - English Dictionary

“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)