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Definitions of scan:

  • noun:   the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region
    Example: "He made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars"
  • noun:   an image produced by scanning
    Example: "He analyzed the brain scan"
  • verb:   examine hastily
    Example: "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"
  • verb:   examine minutely or intensely
    Example: "The surgeon scanned the X-ray"
  • verb:   conform to a metrical pattern
  • verb:   read metrically
    Example: "Scan verses"
  • verb:   make a wide, sweeping search of
    Example: "The beams scanned the night sky"
  • verb:   move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image
  • verb:   obtain data from magnetic tapes


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