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(noun) 
Definition
the complete extent
The batteries had a life span of six hours.
Synonyms
period
a period of a few months
,
term
a 12-month term of service
,
duration
the duration of the trial
,
course
In the course of the 1930s, steel production in Britain approximately doubled.
,
stretch
He would study for eight- to ten-hour stretches.
,
spell
There has been a spell of dry weather.
(noun) 
Definition
the complete extent
The bridge has a span of 579 feet.
Synonyms
extent
an estate about seven or eight acres in extent
,
reach
Luckily, the phone was in easy reach.
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spread
The rhododendron grows to 18 inches with a spread of 24 inches.
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length
It is about a metre in length.
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distance
They measured the distance between the island and the shore.
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stretch
It's a very dangerous stretch of road.
(verb) 
Definition
to stretch or extend across, over, or around
a man whose interests spanned almost every aspect of natureHis professional career spanned 16 years.
Synonyms
extend over
,
cover
The law covers four categories of experiments.
,
encompass
His repertoire encompassed everything from Bach to Scott Joplin.
, ,
comprise
The exhibition comprises 50 oils and watercolours.
,
spread over
,
stretch across
,
range over
(verb) 
Definition
to stretch or extend across, over, or around
the humped iron bridge spanning the railway
Synonyms
extend across
,
cross
A bridge crosses the river about half a mile outside the village.
,
bridge
a tree used to bridge the river
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cover
It would not be easy to cover ten miles on that amount of petrol.
, , ,
traverse
I traversed the narrow pedestrian bridge.
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range over
,
arch across

Additional synonyms

in the sense of bridge
Definition
to build or provide a bridge over (something)
a tree used to bridge the river
Synonyms
go over,
cross over,
reach across,
extend across,
arch over
in the sense of comprise
Definition
to be made up of
The exhibition comprises 50 oils and watercolours.
Synonyms
be composed of,
consist of,
take in,
in the sense of course
Definition
a period of time
In the course of the 1930s, steel production in Britain approximately doubled.

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