span

Part of speech:

Imp. of SPIN, v.

Part of speech: verb

To measure with an expanded hand.

Part of speech: verb

To extend over.

Part of speech: noun

The space over which the hand can be expended; about 9 inches; any small distance.

Part of speech: noun

The space or distance between the supports of an arch.

Part of speech: noun

A pair of matched horses, etc.

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Usage examples "span":

  1. He wuz jest like the rest of them millionaires, a first- rate lookin' and actin' creeter when you git down to the real man, but run away with by Ambition and Greed, a span that will take the bits in their mouth and dash off and carry any one further than they mean to be carried. - "Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife", Marietta Holley.
  2. The principle is the one used in railroad bridges and roofs of great span, and our own experience with them, having built and tested all the gates here illustrated, is, that they possess very decided merits. - "Woodward's Country Homes", George E. Woodward F. W. Woodward.
  3. " Four, driving a span. - "Betty Wales Freshman", Edith K. Dunton.