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Is scan a Scrabble word?

Yes. The word scan is a Scrabble US word. The word scan is worth 6 points in Scrabble:


Is scan a Scrabble UK word?

Yes. The word scan is a Scrabble UK word and has 6 points:


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Valid words made from Scan

You can make 9 words from 'scan' in our Scrabble US and Canada dictionary.

4 letters words from 'scan'


3 letters words from 'scan'


2 letters words from 'scan'

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All 4 letters words made out of scan

scan csan sacn ascn casn acsn scna csna snca nsca cnsa ncsa sanc asnc snac nsac ansc nasc cans acns cnas ncas ancs nacs

Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word scan. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in scan.

Definitions and meaning of scan



From Middle English scannen (to mark off verse to show metrical structure), from earlier *scanden, from Late Latin scandere (to scan verse), from Classical Latin scandō (I climb, rise, mount).


  • IPA(key): /skæn/
  • Rhymes: -æn


scan (third-person singular simple present scans, present participle scanning, simple past and past participle scanned)

  1. (poetry, transitive) To read or mark so as to show a specific meter. [from 14th C.]
    1. (intransitive) To conform to a metrical structure.
  2. (transitive) To examine sequentially, carefully, or critically; to scrutinize; to behold closely. [from 16th C.]
    • 1927-29, M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, translated 1940 by Mahadev Desai, Part I, Chapter ii:
      Yet the incident did not in the least diminish my respect for my teacher. I was by nature blind to the faults of elders. Later I came to know of many other failings of this teacher, but my regard for him remained the same. For I had learnt to carry out the orders of elders, not to scan their actions.
  3. (transitive) To look about for; to look over quickly. [from 19th C.]
    1. (computing, transitive) To inspect, analyze or go over, often to find something.
    2. (computing, transitive) To perform lexical analysis; to tokenize.
  4. (computing, transitive) To create a digital copy of an image using a scanner.
  5. (computing, transitive) To read with an electronic device.
  6. (obsolete, transitive, originally) To mount by steps; to go through with step by step.

Usage notes

  • The contranym status of the word is discussed at peruse § Usage notes.

Derived terms

  • forescan

Related terms

  • (poetry): scansion



scan (plural scans)

  1. Close investigation. [from 1700s]
  2. (computing) An instance of scanning.
  3. (computing) The result or output of a scanning process.


See also

  • pan and scan
  • scanlate
  • scanlation
  • scanlator
  • scanner

Further reading

  • “scan” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
  • scan in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • scan in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
  • scan at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • ANCs, CNAs, CNSA, NCSA, NSCA, cans

  • SCAMSTER, one who perpetrates scams.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)