Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Smoking weed during a brain scan is harder than it sounds: Link (Wired Science).

    Boing Boing

  • If you dare, click on the label scan and hear a rough recording straight from the original 45.

    Crate Digging Revealed

  • A bone scan is a test that evaluates the patient's entire skeleton.

    Bone Scan

  • The technologist will ask why the DMSA scan is being done, and explain the study to you and your child.

    DMSA Scan

  • The technologist will ask why the bone scan is being done, and explain the study to you and your child.

    Bone Scan

  • Therefore, an MRI scan is obtained and interpreted by an experienced pediatric neuroradiologist to rule out any additional CNS anomalies.

    Hydrocephalus

  • A DISIDA scan is an exam of the gallbladder and the hepatobiliary system (the ducts connecting the gallbladder to the liver and the small bowel).

    DSIDA (Hepatobiliary) Scan

  • A MUGA (MUltiple Gated Acquisition) scan is a test that evaluates the Left Ventricle Ejection Fraction (LVEF) which is the percent of blood being pumped from the left ventricle of the heart out to the body.

    MUGA Scan

  • The DXA scan is a test doctors use to help prevent fractures.

    Frequently Asked Questions

  • A dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan is a test that takes measurements of the bone density in the lower spine and/or the hip.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Contronymic in the sense: close examination vs. cursory look.

    January 31, 2007