# Span vs. Length

## Difference Between Span and Length

#### Span➦

The extent or measure of space between two points or extremities, as of a bridge or roof; the breadth.

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#### Length➦

Length is a measure of distance. In the International System of Quantities, length is a quantity with dimension distance.

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#### Span➦

The distance between the tips of the wings of an airplane.

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#### Length➦

the measurement or extent of something from end to end; the greater of two or the greatest of three dimensions of an object

the fish reaches a length of 10 inches

the delta is twenty kilometres in length

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#### Span➦

The section between two abutments or piers of a bridge.

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#### Length➦

the amount of time occupied by something

delivery must be within a reasonable length of time

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#### Span➦

Something, such as a railroad trestle or bridge, that extends from one point to another.

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#### Length➦

a piece or stretch of something

the surviving length of track

a length of brown satin

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#### Span➦

The distance from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger when the hand is fully extended, formerly used as a unit of measure equal to about 9 inches (23 centimeters).

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#### Length➦

an extreme to which a course of action is taken

they go to great lengths to avoid the press

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#### Span➦

A period of time

a span of life.

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#### Length➦

the distance from the batsman at which a well-bowled ball pitches

Lewis tended to bowl short of a length

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#### Span➦

(Nautical) A stretch of rope made fast at either end.

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#### Length➦

(in bridge or whist) the number of cards of a suit held in one's hand, especially when five or more

to open one heart with equal length in hearts and spades is in the modern Acol style

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#### Span➦

A pair of animals, such as oxen, matched as in size or color and driven as a team.

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#### Length➦

The state, quality, or fact of being long. See Usage Note at strength.

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#### Span➦

To extend across in space or time

a bridge that spans the gorge.

a career that spanned 40 years.

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#### Length➦

The measurement of the extent of something along its greatest dimension

the length of the boat.

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#### Span➦

To encircle or cover with the hand or hands.

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#### Length➦

A piece, often of a standard size, that is normally measured along its greatest dimension

a length of cloth.

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#### Span➦

To measure in spans.

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#### Length➦

A measure used as a unit to estimate distances

won the race by a length.

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#### Span➦

A past tense of spin.

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#### Length➦

Extent or distance from beginning to end

the length of a novel.

the length of a journey.

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#### Span➦

The full width of an open hand from the end of the thumb to the end of the little finger used as an informal unit of length.

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#### Length➦

The amount of time between specified moments; the duration

the length of a meeting.

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#### Span➦

Any of various traditional units of length approximating this distance, especially the English handspan of 9 inches forming ⅛ fathom and equivalent to 22.86 cm.

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#### Length➦

often lengths Extent or degree to which an action or policy is carried

went to great lengths to prove his point.

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#### Span➦

(by extension) A small space or a brief portion of time.

He has a short attention span and gets bored within minutes.

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#### Length➦

The duration of a vowel.

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#### Span➦

A portion of something by length; a subsequence.

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#### Length➦

The duration of a syllable.

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#### Span➦

The spread or extent of an arch or between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between supports.

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#### Length➦

The vertical extent of a garment. Often used in combination

knee-length.

floor-length.

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#### Span➦

The length of a cable, wire, rope, chain between two consecutive supports.

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#### Length➦

The distance measured along the longest dimension of an object.

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#### Span➦

(nautical) A rope having its ends made fast so that a purchase can be hooked to the bight; also, a rope made fast in the center so that both ends can be used.

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#### Length➦

duration.

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#### Span➦

A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action.

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#### Length➦

(horse racing) The length of a horse, used to indicate the distance between horses at the end of a race.

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#### Span➦

(mathematics) The space of all linear combinations of something.

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#### Length➦

(mathematics) Distance between the two ends of a line segment.

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#### Span➦

(computing) The time required to execute a parallel algorithm on an infinite number of processors, i.e. the shortest distance across a directed acyclic graph representing the computation steps.

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#### Length➦

(cricket) The distance down the pitch that the ball bounces on its way to the batsman.

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#### Span➦

wingspan of a plane or bird

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#### Length➦

(figuratively) Total extent.

the length of a book

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#### Span➦

(transitive) To extend through the distance between or across.

The suspension bridge spanned the canyon.

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#### Length➦

Part of something that is long; a physical piece of something.

a length of rope

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#### Span➦

(transitive) To extend through (a time period).

The parking lot spans three acres.

The novel spans three centuries.

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#### Length➦

(theatre) A unit of script length, comprising 42 lines.

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#### Span➦

(transitive) To measure by the span of the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object.

to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder

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#### Length➦

(bridge) The number of cards held in a particular suit.

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#### Span➦

(mathematics) To generate an entire space by means of linear combinations.

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#### Length➦

(obsolete) To lengthen.

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#### Span➦

To be matched, as horses.

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#### Length➦

The longest, or longer, dimension of any object, in distinction from breadth or width; extent of anything from end to end; the longest line which can be drawn through a body, parallel to its sides; as, the length of a church, or of a ship; the length of a rope or line.

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#### Span➦

(transitive) To fetter, as a horse; to hobble.

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#### Length➦

A portion of space or of time considered as measured by its length; - often in the plural.

Large lengths of seas and shores.

The future but a length behind the past.

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#### Span➦

The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom.

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#### Length➦

The quality or state of being long, in space or time; extent; duration; as, some sea birds are remarkable for the length of their wings; he was tired by the length of the sermon, and the length of his walk.

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#### Span➦

Hence, a small space or a brief portion of time.

Yet not to earth's contracted spanThy goodness let me bound.

Life's but a span; I'll every inch enjoy.

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#### Length➦

A single piece or subdivision of a series, or of a number of long pieces which may be connected together; as, a length of pipe; a length of fence.

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#### Span➦

The spread or extent of an arch between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between its supports.

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#### Length➦

Detail or amplification; unfolding; continuance as, to pursue a subject to a great length.

May Heaven, great monarch, still augment your blissWith length of days, and every day like this.

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#### Span➦

A rope having its ends made fast so that a purchase can be hooked to the bight; also, a rope made fast in the center so that both ends can be used.

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#### Length➦

Distance.

He had marched to the length of Exeter.

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#### Span➦

A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action.

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#### Length➦

To lengthen.

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#### Span➦

To measure by the span of the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object; as, to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder.

My right hand hath spanned the heavens.

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#### Length➦

the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest horizontal dimension of something that is fixed in place;

the length of the table was 5 feet

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#### Span➦

To reach from one side of to the order; to stretch over as an arch.

The rivers were spanned by arches of solid masonry.

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#### Length➦

continuance in time;

the ceremony was of short duration

he complained about the length of time required

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#### Span➦

To fetter, as a horse; to hobble.

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#### Length➦

the property of being the extent of something from beginning to end;

the editor limited the length of my article to 500 words

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#### Span➦

To be matched, as horses.

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#### Length➦

size of the gap between two places;

the distance from New York to Chicago

he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points

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#### Span➦

the complete duration of something;

the job was finished in the span of an hour

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#### Length➦

a section of something that is long and narrow;

a length of timber

a length of tubing

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#### Span➦

the distance or interval between two points

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#### Span➦

two items of the same kind

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#### Span➦

a unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches)

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#### Span➦

a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.

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#### Span➦

the act of sitting or standing astride

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#### Span➦

to cover or extend over an area or time period;

Rivers traverse the valley floor

The parking lot spans 3 acres

The novel spans three centuries

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