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  1. scan
    IPA[skan]
  2. verb

    • 1. look at all parts of (something) carefully in order to detect some feature:

      he raised his binoculars to scan the coast
      Synonym : study, examine, scrutinize, inspect, survey, search, scour, sweep, rake, look at, look someone/something up and down, stare at, gaze at, eye, watch, contemplate, regard, take stock of, glass, check out, recce, scope, con
    • 2. look quickly but not very thoroughly through (a document or other text) in order to identify relevant information:

      we scan the papers for news from the trouble spots I scanned through the reference materials
      Synonym : glance through/over, look through/over, have a look at, run/pass/cast one's eye over, skim, flick through, flip through, riffle through, leaf through, thumb through, read quickly, browse through, peruse
    • 3. cause (a surface, object, or part of the body) to be traversed by a detector or an electromagnetic beam:

      their brains are scanned so that researchers can monitor the progress of the disease
    • 4. cause (a beam) to traverse across a surface or object:

      we scanned the beam over a sector of 120°
    • 5. convert (a document or picture) into digital form for storage or processing on a computer:

      text and pictures can be scanned into the computer
    • 6. resolve (a picture) into its elements of light and shade in a prearranged pattern for the purposes of television transmission.

    • 7. analyze the meter of (a line of verse) by reading with the emphasis on its rhythm or by examining the pattern of feet or syllables.

    • 8. (of verse) conform to metrical principles:

      well, it doesn't rhyme and certainly doesn't scan

    noun

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: scan, 3rd person present: scans, gerund or present participle: scanning, past tense: scanned, past participle: scanned

    • verb

      look at all parts of (something) carefully in order to detect some feature:

      look quickly but not very thoroughly through (a document or other text) in order to identify relevant information:

    • noun

      an act of scanning someone or something:

      a medical examination using a scanner:

    • noun

      an image made using positron emission tomography, especially one of the brain:
    • noun

      an X-ray image made using a form of tomography in which a computer controls the motion of the X-ray source and detectors, processes the data, and produces the image.
    • adjective

      scanning at a much slower rate than usual, so that the resulting signal has a much smaller bandwidth:
    • noun

      an X-ray image made using a form of tomography in which a computer controls the motion of the X-ray source and detectors, processes the data, and produces the image.
    • noun

      an X-ray image made using a form of tomography in which a computer controls the motion of the X-ray source and detectors, processes the data, and produces the image.
    • adjective

      scanning at a much slower rate than usual, so that the resulting signal has a much smaller bandwidth:
    • noun

      an X-ray image made using a form of tomography in which a computer controls the motion of the X-ray source and detectors, processes the data, and produces the image.
    • noun

      an image made using positron emission tomography, especially one of the brain:
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