from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To examine closely.
- transitive v. To look over quickly and systematically: scanning the horizon for signs of land.
- transitive v. To look over or leaf through hastily: scanned the newspaper while eating breakfast.
- transitive v. To analyze (verse) into metrical patterns.
- transitive v. Electronics To move a finely focused beam of light or electrons in a systematic pattern over (a surface) in order to reproduce or sense and subsequently transmit an image.
- transitive v. Electronics To move a radar beam in a systematic pattern over (a sector of sky) in search of a target.
- transitive v. Computer Science To search (stored data) automatically for specific data.
- transitive v. Medicine To examine (a body or body part) with a CAT scanner or similar scanning apparatus.
- transitive v. To digitally encode (text, for example) with an optical scanner.
- intransitive v. To analyze verse into metrical patterns.
- intransitive v. To conform to a metrical pattern.
- intransitive v. Electronics To undergo electronic scanning.
- n. The act or an instance of scanning.
- n. Scope or field of vision.
- n. Examination of a body or body part by a CAT scanner or similar scanning apparatus.
- n. A picture or image produced by this means.
- n. A single sweep of the beam of electrons across a television screen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To examine sequentially, part by part.
- v. To create a digital copy of an image using a scanner.
- v. To look about for.
- v. To fit or conform to a specific meter.
- v. To mount by steps; to go through with step by step.
- n. An instance of scanning.
- n. The result or output of a scanning process.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To mount by steps; to go through with step by step.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To go over and examine point by point; to examine with care; to look closely at or into; to scrutinize.
- transitive v. To examine quickly, from point to point, in search of something specific.
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To climb; mount.
- To examine by counting the metrical feet or syllables; read or recite so as to indicate the metrical structure.
- Hence To go over and examine point by point; examine minutely or nicely; scrutinize.
- To follow or agree with the rules of meter: as, lines that scan well.
- n. An abbreviation of Scandinavian.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. read metrically
- v. conform to a metrical pattern
- v. move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image
- v. obtain data from magnetic tapes
- n. an image produced by scanning
- v. examine hastily
- n. the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region
- v. examine minutely or intensely
- v. make a wide, sweeping search of
Middle English scanden, scannen, to scan a verse, from Latin scandere, to climb, scan a verse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English scannen, for *scanden < Old French escandir ("to climb, scan"), from Latin scandō ("I climb"). (Wiktionary)