What does the word scan mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

  • To read metrically; conform to metrical rules.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To scrutinize.

Usage examples for scan

  1. With almost feverish eagerness, he turned to scan the little plain. – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  2. From these comforting reflections she was aroused by a piercing cry that made her spring forward, and scan the crowd of human faces collected close to the rails, at a small town where the cars had halted. – At the Mercy of Tiberius by August Evans Wilson
  3. As the night advanced, so did the wind increase and the sea rise; lightning darted through the dense clouds, and for a moment we could scan the horizon. – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat