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scan «skan», verb, scanned, scan|ning, noun.
1. to look at closely; examine with care: »

His mother scanned his face to see if he was telling the truth.

SYNONYM(S): scrutinize.
2. to glance at; look over hastily. SYNONYM(S): skim.
3. a) to mark off (lines of poetry) into feet. Example: Sing´ a/ song´ of/ six´pence. b) to read or recite (poetry), marking off the lines into feet.
4. to expose (bits of a surface) in rapid succession to beams of electrons in order to transmit a picture by television. The electron beam moves in successive horizontal lines from top to bottom analyzing the light values of the object.
5. to search (an area) with radar.
6. to examine (a part of the body) for abnormalities by tracing or recording the distribution of an administered radioactive substance: »

to scan the brain for tumors.

1. a) to conform to rules for marking off lines of poetry into feet: »

The new poets scan (Time).

b) to scan verse.
2. to scan a surface in transmitting a picture by television.
1. the act or fact of scanning: »

Radio astronomers began an intensive radio scan of the sun (Scientific American).

2. the area of vision in television or radar.
3. a picture of the distribution of a radioactive substance in the body: »

A sideview brain scan…reveals a brain tumor (Henry N. Wagner, Jr.).

4. an image made using digital technology that can be stored and manipulated in a computer.
[< Latin scandere to scan; (originally) to climb, related to scālae ladder]
1. Scandinavia.
2. Scandinavian.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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