Definition of scan in English:
verb (scans, scanning, scanned)[with object]
- Octavia watched carefully as Gia scanned the room searching for the source of the problem.
- She carefully scanned the area, searching for anything resembling a ventilation shaft.
- His stare was more focused and he scanned the room carefully.
- Growling irritably to himself, he quickly scanned through a few pages of the history tomes and documents but they proved to be dry streams.
- Claudia slipped the order from his hand and unrolled it, her eyes scanning the document quickly.
- Ever get to a Web page that has a lot of text on it, and quickly scanning the page doesn't immediately produce what you're looking for?
- Desktops and other immediately visible surfaces were scanned for errant spoons.
- Another one said, ‘We can scan the body completely and find moles that may not be visible to the naked eye.’
- The stand-alone equipment is much like a metal detector in an airport: it scans the entire body.
- The documents were eventually scanned into a computer for cross-referencing.
- The drawing is scanned into a computer in order to digitise the data contained in the drawing.
- At Yumeta, pencil sketches are scanned into a computer, then a technician adds color digitally.
- I thought it a bit pompous, myself, and the third verse doesn't scan at all, but it's not so bad a song as all that.
- Whatever you tried to do, there was a bar that didn't scan, a couplet that you just couldn't find a rhyme for.
- If a collection of phrases, no matter how beautiful and profound, do not rhyme or scan, then what apart from their layout on the page distinguishes them from prose?
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- She remembered her excitement when they arrived at the St Kilda Town Hall and a quick scan of the women's dresses reassured her about her choice.
- A quick scan of the terrain on Monday revealed very few skaters wearing helmets - including the pro skaters themselves.
- The list of award nominees, the eventual winners and even a quick scan of the banquet hall at the Palliser Hotel all gave reasons for optimism.
- If it is not robust, then any observed correlation with apparent abnormal brain scans is medically meaningless.
- He had seen his family doctor, osteopaths, orthopaedic surgeons, and physiotherapists, had many scans, tried many medications, collars, and even considered suicide.
- Films that were not interpreted by emergency physicians, such as specialised scans, ultrasound scans, and intravenous pyelogram studies, were not included in the data.
- Example sentences
- Such a bar code uses a reduced space symbology technology, a next-generation scannable bar code system that provides more data for ‘space-constrained’ applications.
- It would certainly be possible to enumerate the points a little more, thus making the page more ‘list-like’ (as with bullets or something) and scannable.
- A scannable resume is created when your paper resume is electronically scanned or ‘read’ by an employer's computer and stored as a computer file.
Late Middle English (as a verb in sense 3 of the verb): from Latin scandere 'climb' (in late Latin 'scan (verses)'), by analogy with the raising and lowering of one's foot when marking rhythm. From 'analyze (meter)' arose the senses 'estimate the correctness of' and 'examine minutely', which led to 'look at searchingly' (late 18th century).
This was first used as a verb in the sense ‘analyse the metre (of verse)’. The source is Latin scandere ‘climb’ by comparison with the raising and lowering of one's foot when marking rhythm. From this the sense developed into ‘estimate the correctness of’ and ‘examine minutely’, which in turn led to ‘look at searchingly’ in the late 18th century. See also scale
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