From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishscanscan1 /skæn/ ●●○ verb (scanned, scanning) 1 look at [transitive]EXAMINE to examine an area carefully but quickly, often because you are looking for a particular person or thing He scanned the horizon, but there was no sign of the ship. She scanned his face, looking for signs of what he was thinking. Video cameras scanned the car park.scan something for something I scanned the street for people I knew.2 readREAD [intransitive, transitive] (also scan through) to read something quickly syn skimscan something for something I scanned the page for her name. She scanned through the paper.3 see inside [transitive]TEE if a machine scans something, it passes an electrical beam over it to form a picture of what is inside it → scanner All luggage has to be scanned at the airport. They scanned his brain for signs of damage.4 computer [transitive] if you scan a document or picture, you put it into a machine attached to a computer so that the information in the document can be taken into the computer and stored there → scannerscan something into something You scan the text into the computer, then edit it.5 poetry [intransitive] technical poetry that scans has a correct regular pattern of beats→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusscan• He got to his feet, did a 365-degree scan, and moved on.• Thrilled, Barlow scanned computer data on 42,283 Martian craters photographed by the Viking Orbiter since the mid-1970s.• Dr. Schlaug scanned the brains of several musicians as part of his research.• On occasion he found himself scanning the lake, throttling down as he passed bleak islands of rock and pine.• Robert scanned the lists for his name.• She scanned the menu outside the restaurant, but decided it looked too expensive.• Surveillance cameras constantly scan the sidewalks.• Stern started every day by scanning the want ads.• Sitting back, humming under his breath, he scanned the waters for anything that might present itself.• Executives in high-performing firms tailored scanning to perceived strategic uncertainty in all sectors.• From such a vantage point you can scan up to a mile along many beaches and spot objects cast up by the tides.scan something for something• I scanned the beach for familiar faces.