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Span vs. Length

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Spannoun

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

Lengthnoun

The distance measured along the longest dimension of an object.

Spannoun

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

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

Lengthnoun

duration

Spannoun

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

Lengthnoun

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

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Spannoun

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

Lengthnoun

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

Spannoun

(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.

Lengthnoun

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

Spannoun

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

Lengthnoun

(figuratively) Total extent.

‘the length of a book’;

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Spannoun

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

Lengthnoun

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

‘a length of rope’;

Spanverb

To traverse the distance between.

‘The suspension bridge spanned the canyon as tenuously as one could imagine.’;

Lengthverb

(obsolete) To lengthen.

Spanverb

To cover or extend over an area or time period.

‘The parking lot spans three acres.’; ‘The novel spans three centuries.’; ‘World record! 5 GHz WiFi connection spans 189 miles. [http://www.engadget.com/2007/08/27/world-record-5ghz-wifi-connection-spans-189-miles/]’;

Lengthnoun

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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Spanverb

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’;

Lengthnoun

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.’;

Spanverb

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

Lengthnoun

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.

Spanverb

To be matched, as horses.

Lengthnoun

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.

Spanverb

To fetter, as a horse; to hobble.

Lengthnoun

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.’;

Span

imp. & p. p. of Spin.

Lengthnoun

Distance.

‘He had marched to the length of Exeter.’;

Spannoun

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

Lengthverb

To lengthen.

Spannoun

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.’;

Lengthnoun

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’;

Spannoun

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

Lengthnoun

continuance in time;

‘the ceremony was of short duration’; ‘he complained about the length of time required’;

Spannoun

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.

Lengthnoun

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

‘the editor limited the length of my article to 500 words’;

Spannoun

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

Lengthnoun

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’;

Spanverb

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.’;

Lengthnoun

a section of something that is long and narrow;

‘a length of timber’; ‘a length of tubing’;

Spanverb

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

‘The rivers were spanned by arches of solid masonry.’;

Lengthnoun

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’;

Spanverb

To fetter, as a horse; to hobble.

Lengthnoun

the quality of being long

‘the length of the waiting list’;

Spanverb

To be matched, as horses.

Lengthnoun

the length of a swimming pool as a measure of the distance swum

‘fifty lengths of the pool’;

Spannoun

the complete duration of something;

‘the job was finished in the span of an hour’;

Lengthnoun

the length of a horse, boat, etc., as a measure of the lead in a race

‘the mare won the race by seven lengths’;

Spannoun

the distance or interval between two points

Lengthnoun

the extent of a garment in a vertical direction when worn

‘the length of her skirt’;

Spannoun

two items of the same kind

Lengthnoun

the full distance that a thing extends for

‘the muscles running the length of my spine’;

Spannoun

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

Lengthnoun

the full extent of one's body

‘he awkwardly lowered his length into the small car’;

Spannoun

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

Lengthnoun

the metrical quantity or duration of a vowel or syllable

‘the length of the syllable is isomorphic with the length of the syllabic vowel’;

Spannoun

the act of sitting or standing astride

Lengthnoun

the amount of time occupied by something

‘delivery must be within a reasonable length of time’;

Spanverb

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’;

Lengthnoun

a piece or stretch of something

‘the surviving length of track’; ‘a length of brown satin’;

Lengthnoun

an extreme to which a course of action is taken

‘they go to great lengths to avoid the press’;

Lengthnoun

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

‘Lewis tended to bowl short of a length’;

Lengthnoun

(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’;

Length

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

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