According to the dictionary I have installed on my novel-writing software, and also Google’s dictionary (that is, the in-line squiggly line thing that pops up when you type something not part of the Google dictionary), the word “spanse” is not a word.
I though a spanse was a length of time or distance, e.g. Throughout the spanse of 10 minutes, I daydreamed.
Before you add it, no, I’m not confusing it with expanse or span.
If you’re a real writer you should be using a real dictionary — at least a Merriam Webster, or better yet, the Oxford English Dictionary (the whole one, not the “shorter” versions).
Even the OED doesn’t have a listing for “spanse,” though, sorry. You apparently ARE confusing it with one of those other words.
Spanse is not a word in any English dictionary, not American and not British
“Throughout the spanse of 10 minutes, I daydreamed.” — the correct word in this situation is “span” not spanse. “Throughout the span of 10 minutes, I daydreamed” is correct
It’s a span of time, not spanse. Same with distance.
A spanse of a bridge, is the only sense I’ve ever seen used. A quick google search shows it is an italian word as well. Not seen it used as per your example.
It does not matter how many times you ask the question the answer is the same…
No it is not a word. Yes you have been wrong if you thought it was.