What does SCAN mean?

Definitions for SCANskæn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word SCAN.

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"


  1. Scan(v. t.)

    To examine quickly, from point to point, in search of something specific; as, to scan an article for mention of a particular person.

  2. Scan(v. t.)

    (Electronics) To form an image or an electronic representation of, by passing a beam of light or electrons over, and detecting and recording the reflected or transmitted signal.

  3. Origin: [L. scandere, scansum, to climb, to scan, akin to Skr. skand to spring, leap: cf. F. scander. Cf. Ascend, Descend, Scale a ladder.]


  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

  2. Origin: [L. scandere, scansum, to climb, to scan, akin to Skr. skand to spring, leap: cf. F. scander. Cf. Ascend, Descend, Scale a ladder.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scan

    skan, v.t. to count the feet in a verse: to examine carefully: to scrutinise.—v.i. to agree with the rules of metre:—pr.p. scan′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. scanned.—ns. Scan′ning; Scan′sion, act of counting the measures in a verse. [Fr. scander, to scan—L. scandĕre, scansum, to climb.]

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.


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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for SCAN »

  1. cans, CNAs, CNSA, NCSA

  2. Cans

  3. CNAs

  4. CNSA

  5. NCSA


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SCAN in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SCAN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alexander Pope:

    Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,The proper study of Mankind is Man.

  2. Ryan Goldman:

    She’s still going through a lot of treatment, she’s getting a CAT scan and MRIs.

  3. Ed Daley:

    Surfing is good for the soul, worries seems to drift away as you scan the horizon for the next wave.

  4. Orly Avitzur:

    If a patient requests [a CT scan] and a doctor says no, it could be a good starting point for a conversation.

  5. Elizabeth Regan:

    Smokers already get screened for lung cancer and they could in theory use the same CT scan image to look at bone density.

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Translations for SCAN

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تمعن, مسح ضوئيا, محصArabic
  • escorcollar, escandir, escanejarCatalan, Valencian
  • skenovatCzech
  • skandieren, abtasten, Scan, einscannen, AbtastungGerman
  • εξετάζω, σαρώνω, ανιχνεύω, διερευνώGreek
  • skaniEsperanto
  • escandir, escanearSpanish
  • skännima, otsimaEstonian
  • silmäillä, skannata, tutkia, tähyilläFinnish
  • numériser, fouiller, scander, scannériser, scannerFrench
  • սկանավորելArmenian
  • ScanIndonesian
  • skandarIdo
  • scannerizzare, scandire, scrutareItalian
  • スキャンするJapanese
  • 스캔하다Korean
  • mātaiMāori
  • mengimbasMalay
  • afspeuren, scanderen, scannenDutch
  • escandir, varrer, escanear, varreduraPortuguese
  • a baleia imaginea, scruta, numeriza, scanat, numerizare, scana, scanare, explora, scanerizare, sonda, cerceta, scanerizaRomanian
  • скандировать, разглядывать, сканироватьRussian
  • skanna, läsa inSwedish
  • taratmak, taramakTurkish

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