2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Scan \Scan\ (sk[a^]n), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Scanned} (sk[a^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Scanning}.] [L. scandere, scansum, to climb, to scan, akin to Skr. skand to spring, leap: cf. F. scander. Cf. {Ascend}, {Descend}, {Scale} a ladder.]

1. To mount by steps; to go through with step by step. [Obs.]

Nor stayed till she the highest stage had scand. --Spenser.

2. Specifically (Pros.), to go through with, as a verse, marking and distinguishing the feet of which it is composed; to show, in reading, the metrical structure of; to recite metrically.

3. To go over and examine point by point; to examine with care; to look closely at or into; to scrutinize.

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

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

5. (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. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region; "he made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars"

2: an image produced by scanning; "he analyzed the brain scan"; "you could see the tumor in the CAT scan" [syn: {scan}, {CAT scan}]


1: examine minutely or intensely; "the surgeon scanned the X-ray"

2: examine hastily; "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi" [syn: {scan}, {skim}, {rake}, {glance over}, {run down}]

3: make a wide, sweeping search of; "The beams scanned the night sky"

4: conform to a metrical pattern

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

6: read metrically; "scan verses"

7: obtain data from magnetic tapes; "This dictionary can be read by the computer" [syn: {read}, {scan}]

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