Meaning of SCAN in English


v. & n.

--v. (scanned, scanning)

1. tr. look at intently or quickly (scanned the horizon; rapidly scanned the speech for errors).

2 intr. (of a verse etc.) be metrically correct; be capable of being recited etc. metrically (this line doesn't scan).

3 tr. a examine all parts of (a surface etc.) to detect radioactivity etc. b cause (a particular region) to be traversed by a radar etc. beam.

4 tr. resolve (a picture) into its elements of light and shade in a prearranged pattern for the purposes esp. of television transmission.

5 tr. test the metre of (a line of verse etc.) by reading with the emphasis on its rhythm, or by examining the number of feet etc.

6 tr. a make a scan of (the body or part of it). b examine (a patient etc.) with a scanner.


1. the act or an instance of scanning.

2 an image obtained by scanning or with a scanner.


scannable adj.

Etymology: ME f. L scandere climb: in LL scan verses (from the raising of one's foot in marking rhythm)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.