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Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

scan /skæn/ vb (scans, scanning, scanned)
  1. (transitive) to scrutinize minutely
  2. (transitive) to glance over quickly
  3. (transitive) to read or analyse (verse) according to the rules of metre and versification
  4. (intransitive) to conform to the rules of metre and versification
  5. (transitive) to move a beam of light, electrons, etc, in a predetermined pattern over (a surface or region) to obtain information, esp either to sense and transmit or to reproduce a television image
  6. (transitive) to examine data stored on (magnetic tape, etc), usually in order to retrieve information
  7. to examine or search (a prescribed region) by systematically varying the direction of a radar or sonar beam
  8. to obtain an image of (a part of the body) by means of a scanner
  1. the act or an instance of scanning
  2. the examination of a part of the body by means of a scanner: a brain scan, ultrasound scan
  3. the image produced by a scanner
Etymology: 14th Century: from Late Latin scandere to scan (verse), from Latin: to climb

ˈscannable adj

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