- (transitive) To examine sequentially, carefully, or critically; to scrutinize; to behold closely. [from 16th C.]
- She scanned the passage carefully but could not find what she was looking for.
- 1927-29, M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, translated 1940 by Mahadev Desai, Part I, Chapter ii:
- Yet the incident did not in the least diminish my respect for my teacher. I was by nature blind to the faults of elders. Later I came to know of many other failings of this teacher, but my regard for him remained the same. For I had learnt to carry out the orders of elders, not to scan their actions.
- (transitive) To look about for; to look over quickly. [from 19th C.]
- He scanned the horizon.
- (computing, transitive) To create a digital copy of an image using a scanner.
- to scan a photograph
- Pencil drawings don't scan very well.
- (computing, transitive) To read with an electronic device.
- (obsolete, transitive, originally) To mount by steps; to go through with step by step.
- 1816, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Canto the Third, London: Printed for John Murray, […], OCLC 1015450009, canto III, stanza LXIII, page 36:
- But ere these matchless heights I dare to scan, / There is a spot should not be pass'd in vain,— / Morat ! the proud, the patriot field ! where man / May gaze on ghastly trophies of the slain, […]
- (poetry, transitive) To read or mark so as to show a specific meter. [from 14th C.]
- to scan verse
- 1998, Milton Acorn, Cedric Smith, James Deahl, editor, The Road to Charlottetown: A Play, UnMon Northland:
- You're right, sir, it doesn't scan very well in the English, but in the Gaelic it's sheer poetry. Have you the Gaelic?
- (poetry): scansion
create a digital copy of an image using a scanner
look about for
form a poetic metre
scan (plural scans)
- Close investigation. [from 1700s]
- (computing) An instance of scanning.
- The operators vacated the room during the scan.
- (computing) The result or output of a scanning process.
- The doctors looked at the scans and made a diagnosis.
instance of scanning
result or output of a scanning process
- “scan” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
- scan in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- scan in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
- scan at OneLook Dictionary Search