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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Span \Span\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spanned; p. pr. & vb. n. Spanning.] [AS. pannan; akin to D. & G. spannen, OHG. spannan, Sw. sp[aum]nna, Dan. spaende, Icel. spenna, and perh. to Gr. ? to draw, to drag, L. spatium space. [root]170. Cf. Spin, v. t., Space, Spasm.] 1. To measure by the span of the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object; as, to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder. [1913 Webster] My right hand hath spanned the heavens. --Isa. xiviii. 13. [1913 Webster] 2. To reach from one side of to the order; to stretch over as an arch. [1913 Webster] The rivers were spanned by arches of solid masonry. --prescott. [1913 Webster] 3. To fetter, as a horse; to hobble. [1913 Webster]