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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
References in classic literature ?
Thuvia screamed and sprang to aid her fellow-prisoner, and at the same instant I, too, went mad, and tearing at the bars that spanned my window I ripped them from their sockets as they had been but copper wire.
Obey I must and would; to make a start, I tottered over the plank that spanned the beck, and soon I saw the cottage against the moonlit sky.
At the gateway this fosse is spanned by a primitive drawbridge, which was let down by the guard to allow us to pass in.