- scan scan [skæn] verb [transitive] COMMERCE1. to use a scanner (= special machine with an electronic beam ) to read the information on a credit card, the bar code on a product etc2. to use a scanner (= piece of computer equipment ) to copy words or images from paper onto a computer:
• This program lets people edit photos that have been scanned into a digital form.
* * *Ⅰ.scan UK US /skæn/ verb [T] (-nn-)► IT, COMMERCE to use a piece of electronic equipment to get information from something such as a bank card or a product's barcode: »
The barcode is scanned to get the price of the product.► IT to use a machine to make a copy of a document or picture and put it into a computer: »
He scanned the document and emailed it to the head office.► to look through a text quickly in order to find a piece of information that you want or to get a general idea of what it is about: »
I scanned the article looking for details, but didn't find anything.Ⅱ.scan UK US /skæn/ noun► [C] IT a picture of a document that has been put into a computer: »
The machine received a good score for its color scans.► [S] a quick look through something, especially in order to check that it is good enough: »
Can you give this letter a quick scan?
Financial and business terms. 2012.