span vs spun : Common Errors in English

About span vs spun

Don’t say ”the demon span her head around.” The past tense of “spin” in this sense is spun.

span Meaning(s)

  • (n) the complete duration of something
  • (n) the distance or interval between two points
  • (n) two items of the same kind
  • (n) a unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches)
  • (n) a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
  • (n) the act of sitting or standing astride
  • (v) to cover or extend over an area or time period

spun Meaning(s)

  • (n) a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)
  • (n) the act of rotating rapidly
  • (n) a short drive in a car
  • (n) rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral
  • (n) a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion)
  • (v) revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
  • (v) stream in jets, of liquids
  • (v) cause to spin
  • (v) make up a story
  • (v) form a web by making a thread
  • (v) work natural fibers into a thread
  • (v) twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation
  • (v) prolong or extend

span in News

  1. C-SPAN bus visits Colonial Williamsburg on Saturday

    WILLIAMSBURG – Colonial Williamsburg visitors will have the opportunity to learn about C-SPAN’s programs and resources on Saturday by stepping aboard the C-SPAN Bus during a stop on its tour promoting a new original series about the first ladies.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Virginia Gazette

  2. It's 'Raleigh Weekend' on C-SPAN

    C-SPAN spent a week in Raleigh last month filming segments that will air this weekend on C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3. The segments highlight the history and culture of Raleigh.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The News & Observer

  3. Span-America Director Linda Norman Named Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

    Span-America Medical Systems, Inc. announced today that Linda D. Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN, was named dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing effective July 1, 2013.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

spun in News

  1. Anna Hawkins, 16, Killed While 'Car Surfing' on Roof of Automobile (Video)

    Anna Hawkins, 16, was accidentally killed while "car surfing" on the roof of a vehicle in Dawsonville, Georgia (video below). According to police, the Suzuki Grand Vitara spun out of control, Hawkins was thrown off the roof and hit the concrete road on Monday around 9 p.m. "The vehicle entered a right-hand curve too fast and the driver lost control. The vehicle traveled across the northbound ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Opposing Views

  2. American League Game Summary - Houston at Seattle

    Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Aaron Harang struck out 10 and spun a two-hit shutout Tuesday, as the Seattle Mariners blanked the Houston Astros, 4-0, in the second test of a three-game set at Safeco Field.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WGRZ-TV Buffalo

  3. Ian Thomsen: Role reversals lead Spurs within two wins of title

    SAN ANTONIO -- For long stretches of Game 3 -- as in, say, the entire 48 minutes -- the Spurs' basket looked as wide as a set of goalposts. The three-pointers spun end over end into their net one after the other like chip-shot field goals by Danny Green and Gary Neal.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Sports Illustrated

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