Definition of side scan in US English:

side scan

noun

  • 1Chiefly in technical contexts: a scan made looking from the side; a signal resulting from sideways scanning; specifically one obtained using side-scan sonar or radar.

  • 2= side-scanner.

adjective

  • Designating side-looking sonar and radar, especially on a ship; relating to, employing, or derived from such a system.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in U.S. Patents. From side + scan.

Pronunciation

side scan

/ˈsʌɪd ˌskan/