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spatial

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adjective spa·tial \ˈspā-shəl\

Simple Definition of spatial

  • : of or relating to space and the relationship of objects within it

Full Definition of spatial

  1. 1 :  relating to, occupying, or having the character of space

  2. 2 :  of or relating to facility in perceiving relations (as of objects) in space <tests of spatial ability>

spa·ti·al·i·ty play \ˌspā-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
spa·tial·ly play \ˈspā-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of spatial

  1. When patients have this kind of problem, they can't feel the relationship between their body and their feet, so they must rely on visual cues to keep themselves upright. Without these cues, they lose their spatial orientation and fall. —John Pettinato, Discover, October 2004

  2. Williams syndrome, which was first described in 1961, results when a group of genes on one copy of chromosome 7 is deleted during embryonic development. Most people with Williams resemble each other more than they do their families, with wide-set hazel eyes, upturned noses, and wide mouths. They also share a peculiar set of mental impairments. Most stumble over the simplest spatial tasks, such as putting together a puzzle, and many not read or write beyond the level of a first grader. —U.S. News & World Report, 15 June 1998

  3. Several new ground-based and orbiting astronomical facilities that could provide high spatial and spectral resolution appear technologically ready for development during the next several decades. —Robert D. Gehrz et al., Science, 25 May 1984

  4. the spatial dimensions of a room



Origin of spatial

Latin spatium space


First Known Use: 1847

Rhymes with spatial


SPATIAL Defined for Kids

spatial

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adjective spa·tial \ˈspā-shəl\

Definition of spatial

  1. :  of or relating to space




Medical Dictionary

spatial

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adjective spa·tial \ˈspā-shəl\

Medical Definition of spatial

  1. 1:  relating to, occupying, or having the character of space <affected with spatial disorientation>

  2. 2:  of or relating to facility in perceiving relations (as of objects) in space <tests of spatial ability>

  3. spa·tial·ly \ˈspāsh-(ə-)lē\play adverb




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