Synonyms for spans


Antonyms for spans

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The three spans of this bridge are together nearly 1500 feet long.

Then from the floor I measured eight spans in a line across the mark.

Two women met on the narrow rope bridge which spans the creek.

It is back of the town near a little bridge that spans a mangrove swamp.

The bridge has four spans,—two of 460 feet over the water, and two of 230 feet over the land.

He required eight spans for his girdle, besides what hung loose.

Joseph works on it for two years and makes it two spans too short.

He spans the whole period of Katanga development for he first arrived in 1909.

The viaducts and bridges were of timber, with spans of about 16 feet.

It spans the frontier of Leon and Asturias, the boundary of the realms of cloud and sun.


"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.