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.

Definitions of scan
  1. verb
    examine minutely or intensely
    “the surgeon scanned the X-ray”
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    types:
    glass
    scan (game in the forest) with binoculars
    type of:
    examine, see
    observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
  2. verb
    make a wide, sweeping search of
    “The beams scanned the night sky”
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    type of:
    search
    subject to a search
  3. verb
    examine hastily
    “She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi”
    synonyms: glance over, rake, run down, skim
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    type of:
    examine, see
    observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
  4. verb
    read metrically
    scan verses”
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    type of:
    declaim, recite
    recite in elocution
  5. verb
    conform to a metrical pattern
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    type of:
    conform
    be similar, be in line with
  6. noun
    the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region
    “he made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars”
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    type of:
    examination, scrutiny
    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
  7. verb
    move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image
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    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  8. verb
    obtain data from magnetic tapes
    synonyms: read
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    types:
    misread
    read or interpret wrongly
    type of:
    construe, interpret, see
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
  9. noun
    an image produced by scanning
    “he analyzed the brain scan
    synonyms: CAT scan
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    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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