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Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
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Etymology 1

Old English spann

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
span

Plural
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span ({{{1}}})
  1. The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom.
  2. Hence, a small space or a brief portion of time.
    • 2007. Zerzan, John. Silence.
      The unsilent present is a time of evaporating attention spans,
  3. The spread or extent of an arch or between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between supports.
  4. The length of a cable, wire, rope, chain between two consective supports.
  5. (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.
  6. (obsolete) A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action.
  7. (mathematics) the space of all linear combinations of something
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Etymology 2

Old English spannan

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to span

Third person singular
span

Simple past
ing

Past participle
-

Present participle
n

to span (third-person singular simple present span, present participle n, simple past and past participle ing)
  1. To traverse the distance between.
    The suspension bridge spanned the canyon as tenuously as one could imagine.
  2. To cover or extend over an area or time period.
    The parking lot spans 3 acres.
    The novel spans three centuries.
    Terry Fox fame spans globe.
    World record! 5GHz WiFi connection spans 189 miles. [1]
  1. (obsolete) (intransitive) Two horses of the same color drawing a carriage, moving in perfect unison.
  2. (mathematics) to generate an entire space by means of linear combinations
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Etymology 3

Inflected form of spin.

Pronunciation

Verb

span

  1. (archaic) Simple past of spin.
    1890: So they went in to where Gudruda sat spinning in the hall, singing as she span.H. Rider Haggard, Eric Brighteyes [2]

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Sranan Tongo

Etymology

From Dutch gespannen.

Noun

span

  1. tense

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