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And each of us, in the span of time, has really only a moment among our companions.

I don't know I ever did see the house so spick and span before!

She span round and fell all of a heap upon the tiled flooring.

What was it to her if the Airly's did keep a span, and drive out every day?

By quiet indications the bridge would be built and span their lives with beauty.

There were six arches here, of which the two centre ones had a span of 100 ft.

As I came onto the old man he was waterin' a span o' horses at the well.

An hour or a million years would be all the same; if you could span the hour, you could span the million years.

And scarcely that span of the length of a spar had parted us from him when he sank!

Thirty-five a month for a span o' hosses, and hosses and man kept.

WORD ORIGIN

"distance between two objects," Old English span "distance between the thumb and little finger of an extended hand," probably related to Middle Dutch spannen "to join, fasten" (see span (n.2)).

The Germanic word was borrowed into Medieval Latin as spannus, hence Italian spanna, Old French espanne, French empan. As a measure of length, roughly nine inches. Meaning "length of time" first attested 1590s; that of "space between abutments of an arch, etc." is from 1725. Meaning "maximum lateral dimension of an aircraft" is first recorded 1909. Attention span is recorded from 1922.

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