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Main Entry: 1span
Pronunciation: primarystressspan
Function: noun
Etymology: Old English spann "distance measured by the outstretched hand"
1 : the distance from the end of the thumb to the end of the little finger of a spread hand; also : an English unit of length equal to 9 inches (about 22.9 centimeters)
2 a : a limited portion of time <span of life> b : the spread (as of an arch) from one support to another c : the portion supported to form a span

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