(noun, verb)


1. the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region

- he made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars

Definition categories: act, examination, scrutiny

2. an image produced by scanning

- he analyzed the brain scan

- you could see the tumor in the CAT scan

Definition categories: man–made, icon, ikon, image, picture

Sentences with scan as a noun:

- The operators vacated the room during the scan.

- The doctors looked at the scans and made a diagnosis.


1. examine minutely or intensely

- the surgeon scanned the X-ray

Definition categories: perception, examine, see

2. examine hastily

- She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi

Similar word(s): rake, skim

Definition categories: perception, examine, see

3. make a wide, sweeping search of

- The beams scanned the night sky

Definition categories: contact, search

4. conform to a metrical pattern

Definition categories: stative, conform

5. move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image

Definition categories: motion, displace, move

6. read metrically

- scan verses

Definition categories: communication, declaim, recite

7. obtain data from magnetic tapes or other digital sources

Similar word(s): read

Definition categories: cognition, construe, interpret, see

Sentences with scan as a verb:

- He scanned the horizon.