Definitions for SCANskæn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

scanskæn(v.; n.)scanned, scan•ning

  1. (v.t.)to examine the particulars of minutely; scrutinize.

  2. to glance at or read hastily:

    to scan a page.

  3. to observe repeatedly or sweepingly:

    to scan the horizon.

  4. to analyze (verse) for its prosodic or metrical structure.

    Category: Prosody

  5. to read (data) for use by a computer or computerized device, esp. using an optical scanner.

    Category: Computers

  6. to traverse (a surface) with a beam of electrons in order to reproduce or transmit a picture.

    Category: Radio and Television

  7. to traverse (a region) with a beam from a radar transmitter.

    Category: Electronics

  8. to examine (a body or body part) with a scanner.

    Category: Medicine

  9. (v.i.)to examine the meter of verse.

    Category: Prosody

  10. (of verse) to conform to the rules of meter.

    Category: Prosody

  11. (n.)an act or instance of scanning.

  12. an examination of the body or a body part using a scanner. the image or display so obtained.

    Category: Medicine

Origin of scan:

1350–1400; < LL scandere to scan verse, L: to climb



or Scand.

  1. Scandinavia.

    Category: Geography (places)

  2. Scandinavian.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scan(noun)

    the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region

    "he made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars"

  2. scan, CAT scan(verb)

    an image produced by scanning

    "he analyzed the brain scan"; "you could see the tumor in the CAT scan"

  3. scan(verb)

    examine minutely or intensely

    "the surgeon scanned the X-ray"

  4. scan, skim, rake, glance over, run down(verb)

    examine hastily

    "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"

  5. scan(verb)

    make a wide, sweeping search of

    "The beams scanned the night sky"

  6. scan(verb)

    conform to a metrical pattern

  7. scan(verb)

    move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image

  8. scan(verb)

    read metrically

    "scan verses"

  9. read, scan(verb)

    obtain data from magnetic tapes

    "This dictionary can be read by the computer"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. scan(verb)æn

    to use an electronic device to copy, read, or take a picture of sth

    The book is scanned when it leaves or comes back to the library.; to scan a patient's brain

  2. scanæn

    to look at an entire area, trying to find sth

    They scanned the skies, watching for a plane.

  3. scanæn

    to read sth quickly, not reading every word

    She scanned the article looking for his name.

  4. scan(noun)æn

    the act of scanning with an electronic device

    a brain scan


  1. scan(Noun)

    An instance of scanning.

    The operators vacated the room during the scan.

  2. scan(Noun)

    The result or output of a scanning process.

    The doctors looked at the scans and made a diagnosis.

  3. scan(Verb)

    To examine sequentially, part by part.

  4. scan(Verb)

    To create a digital copy of an image using a scanner.

  5. scan(Verb)

    To look about for.

    He scanned the horizon.

  6. scan(Verb)

    To fit or conform to a specific meter.

  7. scan(Verb)

    To mount by steps; to go through with step by step.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scan(verb)

    to mount by steps; to go through with step by step

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. scan

    1. The path periodically followed by a radiation beam. 2. In electronic intelligence, the motion of an electronic beam through space looking for a target. Scanning is produced by the motion of the antenna or by lobe switching. See also electronic intelligence.


  1. Scan

    Scan is creating disruptive apps that connect the real world with the digital universe in fun and innovative ways. Through QR code, NFC, and other technologies, Scan brings social media, lead generation, and mobile commerce to life through real world “like”, “follow”, and even “buy” buttons. Companies can easily use Scan’s tools to create these custom experiences for their customers.


  1. SCAN Health Plan

    SCAN Health Plan is a not-for-profit health plan founded in 1977 and based in Long Beach, California. The Medicare advantage health maintenance organization serves more than 170,000 people with Medicare in California and Arizona. The company also offers three SNPs, serving approximately 31,000 of its members.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SCAN' in Verbs Frequency: #1012

Anagrams of SCAN

  1. cans, CNAs, CNSA, NCSA

  2. Cans

  3. CNAs

  4. CNSA

  5. NCSA

Translations for SCAN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to examine carefully

He scanned the horizon for any sign of a ship.

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