head·​space ˈhed-ˌspās How to pronounce headspace (audio)
: the volume above a liquid or solid in a closed container
The demonstrator suggests that the slow leakage of hydrogen from the balloons … allowed for the accumulation of hydrogen and oxygen in the bag's headspace.Chemical and Engineering News
To process sauce, immediately ladle hot sauce into hot, clean half-pint canning jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace.Better Homes and Gardens
: vertical space in which to stand, sit, or move : headroom
The sleeping area [of a tiny house] looks restful and thanks to the curved roof, probably has more headspace than most …Kimberly Mok
informal : mind-set, frame of mind
"It's difficult to tell how people have changed," says Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien. "But Thom's been in a better headspace for quite a few years."Brian Raftery

Examples of headspace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ladle hot stewed tomatoes into hot, clean quart or pint canning jars, leaving 1-inch headspace. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2023 The show’s panelists were all in the basketball headspace, but none of them guessed the right player under the costume. Michael Schneider, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 If the Rams are to be successful again any time in the near future, McVay will have to be in a positive headspace. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2023 For fuyus, peel and puree the inner fruit, then pour it into freezer-safe packaging ($10, Target), leaving a ½-inch headspace. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Oct. 2023 Lowenthal didn’t have to live in that headspace for the entirety of recording, though. Katcy Stephan, Variety, 21 Oct. 2023 Ladle tomatoes into wide-top freezer containers, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2023 Add jam to jars: Pour peach jam into 6 clean and sterilized half-pint jars, leaving proper headspace. Rishon Hanners, Southern Living, 30 June 2023 This helps to cut down on some weight without cutting out any headspace. Meg Carney, Field & Stream, 27 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of headspace was in 1895

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“Headspace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headspace. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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