scan

scan [skan]
vt.
scanned, scanning [ME scannen < L scandere, to climb, mount (in LL, to scan): see DESCEND]
1. to analyze (verse) in terms of its rhythmic components, as by counting accents and syllables and marking the metrical feet
2. to look at closely or in a broad, searching way; scrutinize
3. to glance at quickly; consider hastily
4. to examine, identify, or interpret (printed characters, video images, bar codes, etc.): said of an electronic device
5. Comput. to examine (items in a file) in sequence in order to find those that meet a particular criterion
6. Med. to examine the structure or condition of an internal body organ with ultrasound, tomography, etc.
7. Electronics to traverse (a region) with a succession of transmitted radar beams, usually radiated in a systematic pattern
8. TV to traverse (a surface) rapidly and point by point with a beam of light or electrons in transmitting or reproducing the lights and shades of an image
vi.
1. to scan verse
2. to conform to metrical principles: said of poetry
n.
1. the act or an instance of scanning
2. scope of vision
SYN.- SCRUTINIZE

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