|—vb , scans, scanning, scanned|
|1.||(tr) to scrutinize minutely|
|2.||(tr) to glance over quickly|
|3.||(tr) prosody to read or analyse (verse) according to the rules of metre and versification|
|4.||(intr) prosody to conform to the rules of metre and versification|
|5.||(tr) electronics to move a beam of light, electrons, etc, in a predetermined pattern over (a surface or region) to obtain information, esp either to sense and transmit or to reproduce a television image|
|6.||(tr) to examine data stored on (magnetic tape, etc), usually in order to retrieve information|
|7.||to examine or search (a prescribed region) by systematically varying the direction of a radar or sonar beam|
|8.||physics to examine or produce or be examined or produced by a continuous charge of some variable: to scan a spectrum|
|9.||med to obtain an image of (a part of the body) by means of a scanner|
|10.||the act or an instance of scanning|
|a. the examination of a part of the body by means of a scanner: a brain scan; ultrasound scan|
|b. the image produced by a scanner|
|[C14: from Late Latin scandere to scan (verse), from Latin: to climb]|
v. scanned, scan·ning, scans
To move a finely focused beam of light or electrons in a systematic pattern over a surface in order to reproduce or sense and subsequently transmit an image.
To examine a body or a body part with a CAT scanner or similar scanning apparatus.
To search stored computer data automatically for specific data.
The act or an instance of scanning.
Examination of a body or body part by a CAT scanner or similar scanning apparatus.
A picture or an image that is produced by this means.