scan

When you scan a subway car to see if your friend is on it, your eyes pass quickly across the riders. When you get a scan of your knee at the doctor's office, a much more detailed picture is taken, showing your bones, tendons, and muscles.

You might need a medical scan if you are in an accident or have a terrible headache. One of the most common kinds of scans is performed on a pregnant woman, to check out the size and health of her fetus. This kind of scan is called an "ultrasound" or a "sonogram." These use sound waves to take a picture of the inside of a person's body.

Primary Meanings of scan

1.
vn
examine minutely or intensely
the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region
2.
vn
move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image
an image produced by scanning
Full Definitions of scan
1

v examine minutely or intensely

“the surgeon scanned the X-ray”
Types:
glass
scan (game in the forest) with binoculars
Type of:
examine, see
observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

v make a wide, sweeping search of

“The beams scanned the night sky”
Type of:
search
subject to a search

v examine hastily

“She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi”
Synonyms:
glance over, rake, run down, skim
Type of:
examine, see
observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

v read metrically

scan verses”
Type of:
declaim, recite
recite in elocution

v conform to a metrical pattern

Type of:
conform
be similar, be in line with

n the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region

“he made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars”
Type of:
examination, scrutiny
the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
2

v move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image

Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v obtain data from magnetic tapes

Synonyms:
read
Types:
misread
read or interpret wrongly
Type of:
construe, interpret, see
make sense of; assign a meaning to

n an image produced by scanning

“he analyzed the brain scan
Synonyms:
CAT scan
Type of:
icon, ikon, image, picture
a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface

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