span

Any distance between two things is called a span. These end points can be physical, like the span of a rope between two trees, or they can be more abstract, such as the span of time between five and six o'clock.

Span comes from the Old English spann, the width of the stretched-out hand, measured from thumb to little finger. It came to refer to various other measurements, such as the distance across an arch. The first reference to a length of time came in the late 16th century, and the phrase "attention span" first appeared in 1922 (as "span of attention").

Definitions of span
  1. noun
    the distance or interval between two points
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    type of:
    distance
    the property created by the space between two objects or points
  2. noun
    a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
    synonyms: bridge
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    Angostura Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Orinoco River at Ciudad Bolivar
    Baton Rouge Bridge
    a cantilever bridge across the Mississippi at Baton Rouge
    Bayonne Bridge
    a steel arch bridge connecting New Jersey and Staten Island at Bayonne, New Jersey
    Benjamin Franklin Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
    Bosporus Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Bosporus at Istanbul
    Bronx-Whitestone Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the East River in New York City
    Brooklyn Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the East River in New York City; opened in 1883
    Commodore John Barry Bridge
    a cantilever bridge in Chester, Pennsylvania
    Delaware Memorial Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
    George Washington Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey
    Golden Gate Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Golden Gate
    Greater New Orleans Bridge
    twin cantilever bridges across the Mississippi at New Orleans
    Humber Bridge
    a suspension bridge at Hull, England; 4,626 feet long
    Kammon Strait Bridge
    a suspension bridge between Kyushu and Honshu
    Mackinac Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the channel between the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan
    Minato Ohashi Bridge
    cantilever bridge at Osaka, Japan
    New River Gorge Bridge
    a steel arch bridge across New River at Fayetteville, West Virginia
    Pierre Laporte Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Saint Lawrence River at Quebec
    Ponte 25 de Abril
    a suspension bridge across the Tagus River at Lisbon
    Quebec Bridge
    a cantilever bridge in Quebec
    Queensboro Bridge
    a cantilever bridge across the East River between Manhattan and Queens
    Sydney Harbor Bridge
    a steel arch bridge in Sydney, Australia
    Tacoma Narrows Bridge
    a suspension bridge across Puget Sound at Tacoma
    Tappan Zee Bridge
    a cantilever bridge across the Hudson River
    Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Verrazano Narrows between Brooklyn and Staten Island
    Walt Whitman Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
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    Bailey bridge
    a temporary bridge designed for rapid construction
    cantilever bridge
    bridge constructed of two cantilevers that meet in the middle
    cattle grid, cattle guard
    a bridge over a ditch consisting of parallel metal bars that allow pedestrians and vehicles to pass, but not cattle
    covered bridge
    a bridge whose passageway is protected by a roof and enclosing sides
    drawbridge, lift bridge
    a bridge that can be raised to block passage or to allow boats or ships to pass beneath it
    footbridge, overcrossing, pedestrian bridge
    a bridge designed for pedestrians
    flyover, overpass
    bridge formed by the upper level of a crossing of two highways at different levels
    bateau bridge, floating bridge, pontoon bridge
    a temporary bridge built over a series of pontoons
    rope bridge
    a bridge consisting of ropes
    steel arch bridge
    a steel bridge constructed in the form of an arch
    suspension bridge
    a bridge that has a roadway supported by cables that are anchored at both ends
    toll bridge
    a bridge where toll is charged for crossing
    trestle bridge
    a bridge supported by trestlework
    truss bridge
    a bridge supported by trusses
    viaduct
    bridge consisting of a series of arches supported by piers used to carry a road (or railroad) over a valley
    gangboard, gangplank, gangway
    a temporary bridge for getting on and off a vessel at dockside
    jet bridge
    an extendible bridge for loading passengers onto large commercial airplanes; provides protected access to the plane from the gate
    type of:
    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  3. noun
    a unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches)
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    linear measure, linear unit
    a unit of measurement of length
  4. noun
    the complete duration of something
    “the job was finished in the span of an hour”
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    attention span
    the length of time you can concentrate on some idea or activity
    type of:
    continuance, duration
    the period of time during which something continues
  5. noun
    the act of sitting or standing astride
    synonyms: straddle
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    type of:
    motility, motion, move, movement
    a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  6. verb
    cover or extend over an area or time period
    “"Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres”
    “The novel spans three centuries”
    synonyms: cross, sweep, traverse
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    type of:
    continue, cover, extend
    span an interval of distance, space or time
  7. noun
    two items of the same kind
    synonyms: brace, couple, couplet, distich, duad, duet, duo, dyad, pair, twain, twosome, yoke
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    types:
    doubleton
    (bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player
    type of:
    2, II, deuce, two
    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
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