What does the word span mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by George E. Woodward F. W. Woodward
  3. " Four, driving a span. – Betty Wales Freshman by Edith K. Dunton