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Pronunciation: /skæn/

Translation of scan in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-nn-)

  • 1 [person] 1.1 (examine) [horizon] escudriñar, otear, escrutar [literary/literario]; [report/paper] leer* rápidamente, echarle* un vistazo a he scanned the crowd looking for her la buscó con la mirada entre la gente the officers scanned the faces of the passengers los agentes estudiaban los rostros de los pasajeros
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (glance over) [noticeboard/newspaper] recorrer con la vista
    Example sentences
    • 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?
  • 2 2.1 [Medicine/Medicina] [body/brain] hacer* un escáner or scanner de (with ultrasound scanner) hacer* una ecografía de; [radar/sonar] explorar 2.2 [Literat] medir*, escandir
    Example sentences
    • By the end of the term, several students still could not scan a basic line or write in metre.
    Example sentences
    • 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?
    2.3 [Computing/Informática] [document/page] escanear
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [Literat] how does this line scan? ¿cómo se mide este verso? his poetry doesn't scan su poesía no se atiene a las reglas de la métrica


Phrasal verbs

scan in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento

Definition of scan in:

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