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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of span.


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  • Her life spanned from the Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk, through both wars to end all war, the depression, the civil rights movement and disco.

    EGC Clambake for December 21, 2005

  • Virginia's longest offensive gain spanned 13 yards, and it was the first time North Carolina had held a team to fewer than 200 yards in five years. - Scores

  • It spanned from the forecastle-head to the forecastle-house, next to the 'midship house, and then to the poop.

    Chapter 6

  • That portion which spanned from the mizzen-mast to the 'midship-house was missing, while the starboard boat on the' midship-house was a splintered mess.

    Chapter 30

  • He declined to give more detail but said the calls spanned various points during the roughly 18 months Kogan had been held awaiting trial.

  • The story, in short, spanned all of time and all of space, with a moral and ethical problem. '

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  • I couldn't tell what it saw or thought, but felt its expressionless expression spanned aeons through which the evolution of seeing and thinking had changed much between the newt and me.

    Country Diary: Wenlock Edge

  • But it also stemmed from the use of an acronym that spanned corporations, subsidiaries, divisions, and products and was used in an inconsistent manner.

    Experiential Marketing

  • AG. "interpre-pretation" changed to "interpretation" (original word spanned two lines at hypen).

    Secret Enemies of True Republicanism

  • The whale lines were spliced and coiled away in the stern of the boats; the harpoons were spanned, that is, fastened to the ends of the lines, and various articles were stowed away in the boats, so that they were all ready to be lowered, and to shove off at a moment's notice, should a whale appear.

    Archibald Hughson An Arctic Story


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