What does scan mean?

Definitions for scan

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scannoun

    the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region

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

  2. scan, CAT scanverb

    an image produced by scanning

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

  3. scanverb

    examine minutely or intensely

    "the surgeon scanned the X-ray"

  4. scan, skim, rake, glance over, run downverb

    examine hastily

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

  5. scanverb

    make a wide, sweeping search of

    "The beams scanned the night sky"

  6. scanverb

    conform to a metrical pattern

  7. scanverb

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

  8. scanverb

    read metrically

    "scan verses"

  9. read, scanverb

    obtain data from magnetic tapes

    "This dictionary can be read by the computer"


  1. Scanverb

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

  2. Scanverb

    (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.


  1. scannoun

    An instance of scanning.

    The operators vacated the room during the scan.

  2. scannoun

    The result or output of a scanning process.

    The doctors looked at the scans and made a diagnosis.

  3. scanverb

    To examine sequentially, part by part.

  4. scanverb

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

  5. scanverb

    To look about for.

    He scanned the horizon.

  6. scanverb

    To fit or conform to a specific meter.

  7. scanverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Scanverb

    Etymology: scandre, French; scando, Latin.

    Harry, whose tuneful and well measur’d song
    First taught our English musick how to span
    Words with just note and accent, not to scan
    With Midas’ ears, committing short and long. John Milton.

    They scan their verses upon their fingers, run after conceits and glaring thoughts. William Walsh.

    So he goes to heav’n,
    And so am I reveng’d: that would be scann’d. William Shakespeare, Ham.

    The rest the great architect
    Did wisely to conceal; and not divulge
    His secrets to be scann’d by them, who ought
    Rather admire. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. viii.

    Every man has some guilts, which he desires should not be rigorously scanned; and therefore, by the rule of charity and justice, ought not to do that which he would not suffer. Government of the Tongue.

    At the final reckoning, when all mens actions shall be scanned and judged, the great king shall pass his sentence, according to the good men have done, or neglected to do. Edmund Calamy.

    Sir Roger exposing his palm, they crumpled it into all shapes, and diligently scanned every wrinkle that could be made in it. Addison.

    The actions of men in high stations are all conspicuous, and liable to be scanned and sifted. Francis Atterbury.

    In full fruition of successful pow’r,
    One moment and one thought might let him scan
    The various turns of life, and fickle state of man. Matthew Prior.


  1. SCAN

    SCAN or Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry is a set of tools created by WHO aimed at diagnosing and measuring mental illness that may occur in adult life. It is not constructed explicitly for use with either ICD-10 or DSM-IV but can be used for both systems. The SCAN system was originally called PSE, or Present State Examination, but since version 10 (PSE-10), the commonly accepted name has been SCAN. The current version of SCAN is 2.1.


  1. scan

    Scan generally refers to the systematic examination or review of something. It can involve looking over an area or space carefully in order to gain information about it. In the context of technology, a scan could involve reviewing data or systems for information, errors, or threats, or creating a digital copy of a document or image.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scanverb

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

  2. Etymology: [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.


  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.

Suggested Resources

  1. SCAN

    What does SCAN stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the SCAN acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for scan »

  1. cans

  2. CNAs

  3. CNSA

  4. NCSA

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  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

Examples of scan in a Sentence

  1. Serena Williams:

    Unfortunately, I'm having some issues with my pec muscle. Right now I can't actually serve it's kind of hard to play, i'm having an MRI( scan) tomorrow, I'm going to stay here to see the doctors and see as many specialists as I can. I won't know( how serious the injury is) until I get those results.

  2. Patricia Nguyen:

    As a patient, you should ask if you really need the scan. If the doctor says it will help, of course get it; the disease you have is best served by a scan to find out the diagnosis, what to do, and how to manage the disease, these are useful tests.

  3. Nancy Pelosi:

    We talk about technology. Several hundred million dollars for the technology to scan the cars coming through the ports of entry and that is to detect guns, its like an electronic dog almost to detect drugs, guns and contraband.

  4. Ryan Goldman:

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

  5. John Dryden:

    Must I at length the Sword of Justice Draw? Oh, curst Effects of necessary Law! How ill my Fear they by my Mercy scan, Beware the Fury of a Patient Man.

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Translations for scan

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  • تمعن, محص, مسح ضوئياArabic
  • escandir, escorcollar, escanejarCatalan, Valencian
  • skenovatCzech
  • skandieren, abtasten, einscannen, Abtastung, ScanGerman
  • ανιχνεύω, εξετάζω, διερευνώ, σαρώνωGreek
  • skaniEsperanto
  • escanear, escandirSpanish
  • skännima, otsimaEstonian
  • tutkia, silmäillä, skannata, tähyilläFinnish
  • scannériser, fouiller, scander, numériser, scannerFrench
  • սկանավորելArmenian
  • ScanIndonesian
  • skandarIdo
  • scannerizzare, scrutare, scandireItalian
  • スキャンするJapanese
  • 스캔하다Korean
  • mātaiMāori
  • mengimbasMalay
  • afspeuren, scannen, scanderenDutch
  • escandir, escanear, varredura, varrerPortuguese
  • scanare, numerizare, scaneriza, cerceta, a baleia imaginea, scana, scruta, numeriza, sonda, explora, scanat, scanerizareRomanian
  • скандировать, сканировать, разглядыватьRussian
  • läsa in, skannaSwedish
  • taramak, taratmakTurkish

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    A plush
    B busy
    C witless
    D suspicious

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