spänna

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From Old Swedish spänna, cognate with Danish spænde, Old English spannan .

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spänna

  1. to stretch, to tighten (a rope, a spring)
    spänna öronen
    to cock one's ears
  2. to pull (the string of) a bow or crossbow
    Det är skönare lyss till en sträng, som brast, än att aldrig spänna en båge
    It is nobler to hear a string, that snapped, than never to pull a bow
  3. to fasten (a belt), to clamp (put in a spanner), to strap on (skies etc.)
    spänna för hästen
    hitch a horse, harness the horse
  4. to span (to extend across a gap)
  5. to build a bridge
    Över Ljungan spändes tvenne nya broar
    Across Ljungan (river) two new bridges were built
  6. (dated, dialect) to kick, to jump
    en fåle spänner med foten
    a pony kicks with its foot
  7. (slang) to spend (time or money)

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