Definition of SCANNING

  1. (verb)examine minutely or intensely
  2. (verb)examine hastily
  3. (verb)make a wide, sweeping search of
  4. (verb)conform to a metrical pattern
  5. (verb)move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image
  6. (verb)read metrically
  7. (verb)obtain data from magnetic tapes or other digital sources
  8. (noun)the process of translating photographs into a digital form that can be recognized by a computer
  9. (noun)the act of systematically moving a finely focused beam of light or electrons over a surface in order to produce an image of it for analysis or transmission