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      n  
1    the interval, space, or distance between two points, such as the ends of a bridge or arch  
2    the complete duration or extent  
the span of his life     
3      (Psychol)   the amount of material that can be processed in a single mental act  
apprehension span, span of attention     
4       short for       wingspan  
5    a unit of length based on the width of an expanded hand, usually taken as nine inches  
      vb   , spans, spanning, spanned   tr  
6    to stretch or extend across, over, or around  
7    to provide with something that extends across or around  
to span a river with a bridge     
8    to measure or cover, esp. with the extended hand  
     (Old English spann; related to Old Norse sponn, Old High German spanna)  
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span          [2]  
      n   a team of horses or oxen, esp. two matched animals  
     (C16 (in the sense: yoke): from Middle Dutch: something stretched, from spannen to stretch; see span1)  

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span          [3]  
      vb  
Archaic or dialect      a past tense of       spin  

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      n  
1    amount, distance, extent, length, reach, spread, stretch  
2    duration, period, spell, term  
      vb  
3    arch across, bridge, cover, cross, extend across, link, range over, traverse, vault  


spick-and-span     
clean, fresh as paint, immaculate, impeccable, in apple-pie order     (informal)   neat as a new pin, shipshape, spotless, spruce, tidy, trim  

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