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The amount, distance, or length between two points; the full extent or reach of anything.


1. The distance from one fixed point to another, as the distance, when the hand is fully expanded, from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger.
2. A length of time.
3.. The duration of a process.

attention span

The duration of sustained concentration on a task or activity. See: hyperactivity (2); attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder

digit span

A test of memory and attention.
See: digit span test

life span

The maximum obtainable age of a member of a species.

memory span

The number of words or objects one can store and recall when asked to do so. See: digit span test
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Handspan Adventure Travel was started in 1997 by three college graduates from Hanoi who wanted to offer "unique and exalting tours while maintaining the natural and human resources of Vietnam." All guides speak fluent English and have a college degree in tourism.
This piece of metal, according to Ajim, is about one handspan long (jangkal, about 20 cm) and about as broad as a lalang leaf (Imperata grass; about 1 cm).
Pete Wishart, for being Perth and North Perthshire MP by the handspan on a keyboard.
Tree of the twelve-inch wide handspan, tree of low-lying