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American English: /skæn/
British English: /skan/

Translation of scan in Spanish:

transitive verb -nn-

  • 1 (person) 1.1 (examine)
    (horizon) [literary]
    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)
    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)
    hacer un escáner or scanner de
    (with ultrasound scanner)
    hacer una ecografía de
    2.2 (Literat)
    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)
    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

  • (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


  • 2 (Astronomy, Computing, Military)
    Example sentences
    • 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
    • According to Dennis Elliott, marketing director at Kolibri Art Studio, a technician first makes a digital scan of the image to be reproduced.

Phrasal verbs

scan in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

Definition of scan in:

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