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

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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  ( spans    plural & 3rd person present)   ( spanning    present participle)   ( spanned    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A span is the period of time between two dates or events during which something exists, functions, or happens.  
usu supp N  
The batteries had a life span of six hours..., Gradually the time span between sessions will increase.     
2       n-count   Your concentration span or your attention span is the length of time you are able to concentrate on something or be interested in it.  
usu supp N  
His ability to absorb information was astonishing, but his concentration span was short...     
3       verb   If something spans a long period of time, it lasts throughout that period of time or relates to that whole period of time.  
no passive  
His professional career spanned 16 years...      V n  
The film, spanning almost a quarter-century, tells the story of Henry Hill...      V n  
4       verb   If something spans a range of things, all those things are included in it.  
no passive  
Bernstein's compositions spanned all aspects of music, from symphonies to musicals.      V n  
5       n-count   The span of something that extends or is spread out sideways is the total width of it from one end to the other.  
usu with supp  
It is a very pretty butterfly, with a 2 inch wing span...     
6       verb   A bridge or other structure that spans something such as a river or a valley stretches right across it.  
Travellers get from one side to the other by walking across a footbridge that spans a little stream.      V n  
    spick and span  

spick and span   , spick-and-span   A place that is spick and span is very clean and tidy.      adj   usu v-link ADJ  
The apartment was spick and span.     

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spank, spawn, snap, spanking

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