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space

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noun, often attributive \ˈspās\

Simple Definition of space

  • : the amount of an area, room, surface, etc., that is empty or available for use

  • : an area that is used or available for a specific purpose

  • : an empty area between things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of space

  1. 1 :  a period of time; also :  its duration

  2. 2a :  a limited extent in one, two, or three dimensions :  distance, area, volumeb :  an extent set apart or available <parking space> <floor space>c :  the distance from other people or things that a person needs in order to remain comfortable <invading my personal space>

  3. 3 :  one of the degrees between or above or below the lines of a musical staff — compare line

  4. 4a :  a boundless three-dimensional extent in which objects and events occur and have relative position and direction <infinite space and time>b :  physical space independent of what occupies it —called also absolute space

  5. 5 :  the region beyond the earth's atmosphere or beyond the solar system

  6. 6a :  a blank area separating words or linesb :  material used to produce such blank area; especially :  a piece of type less than one en in width

  7. 7 :  a set of mathematical elements and especially of abstractions of all the points on a line, in a plane, or in physical space; especially :  a set of mathematical entities with a set of axioms of geometric character — compare metric space, topological space, vector space

  8. 8a :  linageb :  broadcast time available especially to advertisers

  9. 9 :  accommodations on a public vehicle

  10. 10a :  the opportunity to assert or experience one's identity or needs freelyb :  an opportunity for privacy or time to oneself

Examples of space in a sentence

  1. There's still some space for a bookshelf.

  2. the space behind the couch

  3. Is there space in the cabinet for these dishes?

  4. There's not much empty space.

  5. He moved the books to create more space on his desk.

  6. Those old boxes take up a lot of space.

  7. The magazine devotes a lot of space to advertising.

  8. She has a space between her front teeth.

  9. There isn't much space between our houses.

  10. the wide open spaces of the western U.S.



Origin and Etymology of space

Middle English, from Anglo-French espace, space, from Latin spatium area, room, interval of space or time


First Known Use: 14th century


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space

verb

Simple Definition of space

  • : to place or arrange (things) so that there is a particular amount of space between them

  • : to separate (things) by particular periods of time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of space

spaced

spacing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to place at intervals or arrange with space between —often used with out

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to leave one or more blank spaces (as in a line of typing)

spacer

noun

Examples of space in a sentence

  1. Space the seedlings about six inches apart.

  2. He spaces his albums so that he puts one out every two to three years.

  3. They spaced the births of their three children two years apart.



1703

First Known Use of space

1703



SPACE Defined for Kids

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space

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noun \ˈspās\

Definition of space for Students

  1. 1 :  a part of a distance, area, or volume that can be measured <a grassy open space>

  2. 2 :  a certain place set apart or available <a parking space> <There's still some space in the cupboard.>

  3. 3 :  the area without limits in which all things exist and move <endless space and time>

  4. 4 :  a period of time <The phone rang five times within the space of 15 minutes.>

  5. 5 :  the region beyond the earth's atmosphere

  6. 6 :  an empty place <Sit in the space between us.>




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space

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verb

Definition of space for Students

spaced

spacing

  1. :  to place or separate with some distance or time between <Space the posts about six feet apart.>




Medical Dictionary

space

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noun \ˈspās\

Medical Definition of space

  1. 1:  a period of time; also :  its duration

  2. 2:  a limited extent in one, two, or three dimensions

  3. 3:  a particular area or cavity within the body





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