dead space


Definition of dead space

: the portion of the respiratory system which is external to the bronchioles and through which air must pass to reach the bronchioles and alveoli

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Recent Examples on the Web Regular performances planned by Ligia Lewis for a small, bright yellow dance pad tucked into a Hammer gallery corner (otherwise a dead space in any room) had to be temporarily jettisoned. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Extreme alienation reigns in the Hammer Museum’s (unopened) biennial," 10 Nov. 2020 There's nothing weird in the layout; all of the keys are where they're supposed to be, about the right size, with a nice amount of dead space in between them and a decent travel distance. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Acer Swift 3 with Ryzen 4700U—a budget laptop punching above its class," 2 Sep. 2020 This is an important and dignified book that nonetheless, in this adept translation by Michael Barry, has its share of dead space and repetition. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "‘Wuhan Diary’ Offers an Angry and Eerie View From Inside Quarantine," 15 May 2020 Those in withdrawal have burned through all the classics that networks have aired to mask the dead space: old vintages of the Masters, Wimbledon, the NCAA tournament, all hollowed out, lacking the propulsive drama that stems from uncertainty. Danny Chau, The Atlantic, "Michael Jordan, the NBA’s Savior During the Pandemic," 27 Apr. 2020 Absorbing these pings keeps audio from lingering, while digitally adding just a couple of seconds of echo can make a dead space in an auditorium ring like a cathedral nave. Chris Berdik, Popular Science, "It’s not just you: Restaurants have gotten too loud. But there are some fixes.," 28 Jan. 2020 The design solution is to create a niche, or make an existing dead space more functional. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Architectural Feature That Will Make Your Home Cozier," 30 Dec. 2019 Velázquez’s touch is, as ever, incomparable — nothing labored, everything just so, as the black volumes of his sitter’s body activate the nebulous, dead space all around. Washington Post, "Buried deep in a disappointing Rembrandt and Velázquez show are two portraits that demand to be seen," 8 Nov. 2019 Both phones have a screen that wraps around the sides and meet in the back, where there is a strip of dead space. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Xiaomi’s crazy new $2,800 phone has display on the front, sides, and back," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dead space

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2020

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“Dead space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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Medical Definition of dead space

1 : space in the respiratory system in which air does not undergo significant gaseous exchange — see anatomical dead space, physiological dead space
2 : a space (as that in the chest following excision of a lung) left in the body as the result of a surgical procedure

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