What does scan mean?

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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.

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

  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.

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


  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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scanverb

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

    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.


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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

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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. Robert Perry:

    I was asked to go into the house and to scan in the basement there below the stairwell, there was an area that was already been dug up and cemented over, if you have disturbed soil, somebody just dug it up and put soil back on the ground and don't put anything in the ground.

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Log in Love; log out Hatred, and scan evil threats, with the purity of thoughts; life becomes secure and stays smooth and flowery.

  3. May Nour:

    One stop shop. We can do labs, we can do CT scan, physician evaluation and we can give the medications, we don’t wait for transport time. We don’t wait for the patient to get to the hospital. We get to them and treat them in the most expedient way possible.

  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. Bella Hadid:

    People think I got all this surgery or did this or that, and you know what? We can do a scan of my face, darling.

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  • 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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