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Span

To cover all contingencies within a specified range.
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Span

A unit of length equivalent to nine inches.
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References in classic literature ?
And don't forget, any time any jay farmer thinks he's got a span that can pull, bet him on the side your best span can beat him.
Alexander, still standing at the end of the river span, saw the lower chord of the cantilever arm give a little, like an elbow bending.
'I may never see you again, for I doubt that I can ever bring myself to leave my wife and boy while they live, and the span of life upon Barsoom is often more than a thousand years.'
He is compounded of meat and wine and sparkle, of sun-mote and world- dust, a frail mechanism made to run for a span, to be tinkered at by doctors of divinity and doctors of physic, and to be flung into the scrap-heap at the end.