Scan v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scanned p. pr. & vb. n. Scanning.]
1. To mount by steps; to go through with step by step. [Obs.]
Nor stayed till she the highest stage had scand. --Spenser.
2. Specifically Pros., to go through with, as a verse, marking and distinguishing the feet of which it is composed; to show, in reading, the metrical structure of; to recite metrically.
3. To go over and examine point by point; to examine with care; to look closely at or into; to scrutinize.
The actions of men in high stations are all conspicuous, and liable to be scanned and sifted. --Atterbury.
n 1: the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed
region; "he made a thorough scan of the beach with his
2: an image produced by scanning; "he analyzed the brain scan";
"you could see the tumor in the CAT scan" [syn: CAT scan]
v 1: examine minutely or intensely; "the surgeon scanned the
2: examine hastily; "She scanned the newspaper headlines while
waiting for the taxi" [syn: skim, rake, glance over,
3: make a wide, sweeping search of; "The beams scanned the
4: conform to a metrical pattern
5: move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an
6: read metrically; "scan verses"
7: obtain data from magnetic tapes; "This dictionary can be
read by the computer" [syn: read]
[also: scanning, scanned]