WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
scan /skæn/USA pronunciation
v., scanned, scan•ning,n.
[~ + object] to examine (something) carefully;
scrutinize:scanning the crowd for his parents' faces.
[~ + object] to read quickly or hastily:scanned the newspaper.
[~ + object] to observe repeatedly or in sweeping motions:The lookouts scanned the horizon for enemy planes.
Poetry[~ + object] to analyze (poetry) in order to understand its meter.
Poetry[no object] (of lines of poetry) to conform to or agree with the rules of meter:That poem doesn't scan.
Computing[~ + object] to read (data) for use by a computer, esp. by means of a piece of equipment that records a picture for use by a computer:to scan the photograph and reproduce it on the screen.
Medicine[~ + object] to examine (a body part) with a scanner:to scan the kidneys.
an act or instance of scanning.
- an examination of a body part using a scanner.
- the image or display so obtained:The scan shows a tumor in the lung.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
scan /skæn/ vb (scans, scanning, scanned)
- (transitive) to scrutinize minutely
- (transitive) to glance over quickly
- (transitive) to read or analyse (verse) according to the rules of metre and versification
- (intransitive) to conform to the rules of metre and versification
- (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
- (transitive) to examine data stored on (magnetic tape, etc), usually in order to retrieve information
- to examine or search (a prescribed region) by systematically varying the direction of a radar or sonar beam
- to obtain an image of (a part of the body) by means of a scanner
Etymology: 14th Century: from Late Latin scandere to scan (verse), from Latin: to climbˈscannable adj
- the act or an instance of scanning
- the examination of a part of the body by means of a scanner: a brain scan, ultrasound scan
- the image produced by a scanner
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