(noun, verb)


1. the complete duration of something

- the job was finished in the span of an hour

Definition categories: time, continuance, duration

2. the distance or interval between two points

Definition categories: attribute, distance

3. two items of the same kind

Similar word(s): brace, couple, couplet, distich, duad, duet, duo, dyad, pair, twain, twosome, yoke

Definition categories: quantity, deuce, two

4. a unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches)

Definition categories: quantity

5. a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.

Similar word(s): bridge

Definition categories: man–made, construction, structure

6. the act of sitting or standing astride

Similar word(s): straddle

Definition categories: act, motility, motion, move, movement


1. to cover or extend over an area or time period

- The parking lot spans 3 acres

- The novel spans three centuries

Similar word(s): cross, sweep, traverse

Definition categories: stative, continue, cover, extend

Sentences with span as a verb:

- The suspension bridge spanned the canyon as tenuously as one could imagine.

- The parking lot spans three acres.

- World record! 5 GHz WiFi connection spans 189 miles. [1]

- to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder