Scan

Definition of Scan

Pronunciation: skăn
v. t.1.To mount by steps; to go through with step by step.
[imp. & p. p. Scanned (skănd); p. pr. & vb. n. Scanning.]
Nor stayed till she the highest stage had scand.
- Spenser.
2.(Pros.) Specifically (Pros.), to go through with, as a verse, marking and distinguishing the feet of which it is composed; to show, in reading, the metrical structure of; to recite metrically.
3.To go over and examine point by point; to examine with care; to look closely at or into; to scrutinize.
The actions of men in high stations are all conspicuous, and liable to be scanned and sifted.
- Atterbury.
4.To examine quickly, from point to point, in search of something specific; as, to scan an article for mention of a particular person.
5.(Electronics) To form an image or an electronic representation of, by passing a beam of light or electrons over, and detecting and recording the reflected or transmitted signal.

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