[ UK /skˈæn/ ]
[ US /ˈskæn/ ]
  1. an image produced by scanning
    you could see the tumor in the CAT scan
    he analyzed the brain scan
  2. the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region
    he made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars
  1. examine minutely or intensely
    the surgeon scanned the X-ray
  2. conform to a metrical pattern
  3. obtain data from magnetic tapes or other digital sources
    This dictionary can be read by the computer
  4. move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image
  5. examine hastily
    She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi
  6. make a wide, sweeping search of
    The beams scanned the night sky
  7. read metrically
    scan verses
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How To Use scan In A Sentence

  • One of the nastiest is the way in which male honour is seen as bound up with female behaviour so that any supposed compromise or scandal in what happens to women, even becoming a rape victim, justifies violence against them as well as against their abusers or seducers; hence the 'honour killings' of young girls that disfigure some societies even today. Temple Address: "Becoming Trustworthy: Respect and Self-Respect" Church House
  • Scanlon -- you know, the red-headed cop only a couple of blocks away an 'pipin' us off though not recognizin 'us. CHAPTER XI
  • The giant cross has become a familiar landmark to generations of San Franciscans.
  • High-frequency waves broadcast by the radar bounce off a person, scanning the in-and-out movement of the chest and more subtle, but also detectable, motion of the heartbeat against the chest wall.
  • Most email tools scan the header of an email to see if the sender is spoofing.
  • Either way, the full story of this apparent scandal must come out. Times, Sunday Times
  • This makes is seem inevitable that the scanning device which supposedly generates higher-order experiences of our first-order visual experience would have to be almost as sophisticated and complex as the visual system itself.
  • His Eminence Don Pelasio de Labastida, an eighteenth century bishop of Mexico City set a scandalous example of such indulgence in earthly pleasures. To the charreada with stars in her eyes
  • Football has been rocked by allegations that up to eight top bosses have been caught up in a bung scandal. The Sun
  • This scandal is bound to tell against him in the coming presidential election.
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