1. [ verb ] examine minutely or intensely

"the surgeon scanned the X-ray"

Related terms: examine glass cat_scan
2. [ verb ] examine hastily
Synonyms: run_down rake glance_over skim

"She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"

Related terms: examine skim
3. [ noun ] the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region

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

Related terms: examination
4. [ verb ] glance over or read superficially
Related terms: read
5. [ verb ] make a wide, sweeping search of

"The beams scanned the night sky"

Related terms: search
6. [ verb ] (verse) conform to a metrical pattern; of poetic verse
Related terms: conform poetry
7. [ noun ] an image produced by scanning
Synonyms: cat_scan

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

Related terms: picture
8. [ verb ] (verse) read metrically

"scan verses"

Related terms: declaim scansion
9. [ verb ] move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image
Related terms: move digital_scanner
10. [ verb ] (computer science) obtain data from magnetic tapes
Synonyms: read

"This dictionary can be read by the computer"

Related terms: interpret misread
Similar spelling:   Schwan