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Definition 1: the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region - [noun denoting act]

Samples where scan or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars

(scan is a kind of ...) the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)

Definition 2: an image produced by scanning - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where scan or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he analyzed the brain scan
  • you could see the tumor in the CAT scan

Synonyms for scan in the sense of this definition

(scan is a kind of ...) a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface

"they showed us the pictures of their wedding" "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"

Definition 3: obtain data from magnetic tapes or other digital sources - [verb of cognition]

Samples where scan or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This dictionary can be read by the computer

Synonyms for scan in the sense of this definition

(scan is a kind of ...) make sense of; assign a meaning to

"What message do you see in this letter?" "How do you interpret his behavior?"

(... is a kind of scan ) read or interpret wrongly

"He misread the data"

Definition 4: read metrically - [verb of communication]

Samples where scan or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • scan verses

(scan is a kind of ...) recite in elocution

Definition 5: make a wide, sweeping search of - [verb of contact]

Samples where scan or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The beams scanned the night sky

(scan is a kind of ...) subject to a search

"The police searched the suspect" "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"

Definition 6: move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image - [verb of motion]

(scan is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

Definition 7: examine hastily - [verb of perception]

Samples where scan or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi

Synonyms for scan in the sense of this definition

(scan is a kind of ...) observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

"The customs agent examined the baggage" "I must see your passport before you can enter the country"

Definition 8: examine minutely or intensely - [verb of perception]

Samples where scan or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the surgeon scanned the X-ray

(scan is a kind of ...) observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

"The customs agent examined the baggage" "I must see your passport before you can enter the country"

(... is a kind of scan ) scan (game in the forest) with binoculars

Definition 9: conform to a metrical pattern - [verb of stative]

(scan is a kind of ...) be similar, be in line with

(scan belongs to category ...) literature in metrical form

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