scan

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From Middle English scannen, for *scanden < Old French escandir (to climb, scan), from Latin scandō (I climb).

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scan (third-person singular simple present scans, present participle scanning, simple past and past participle scanned)

  1. To examine sequentially, part by part.
  2. (computing) To create a digital copy of an image using a scanner.
  3. To look about for.
    He scanned the horizon.
  4. (poetry) To fit or conform to a specific meter.
  5. (obsolete) To mount by steps; to go through with step by step.

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scan (plural scans)

  1. An instance of scanning.
    The operators vacated the room during the scan.
  2. The result or output of a scanning process.
    The doctors looked at the scans and made a diagnosis.

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