headspace

noun
head·​space | \ ˈhed-ˌspās How to pronounce headspace (audio) \

Definition of headspace

1 : 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
2 : 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
3 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 When your body moves, your brain releases endorphins that boost your mood and get you in a good headspace for the day ahead. Rachael Zisk, Popular Science, "Fight election season burnout with these mental health tips," 11 Oct. 2020 Like Wilson, Lurie doesn’t just invite you into his neurotic headspace. John Semley, The New Republic, "Painting With John Perfects the Art of Instruction," 5 Feb. 2021 High ceilings offer lots of headspace, especially in the voluminous rotunda-style foyer with massive windows and a dramatic sweeping staircase. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Anthony Davis unloads Westlake Village mansion for $6.6 million," 31 Dec. 2020 Your ex has taken up more than enough of your headspace, rest assured the universe is not encouraging you to run back into their arms. Michella Oré, Glamour, "What Does It Mean When You Dream About Your Ex?," 30 Dec. 2020 Damaou said acknowledging the achievements and hardships of the past year is key to starting the new year off in a positive headspace. CBS News, "Psychologist on improving mental health in the new year: "Focus on what you've got"," 1 Jan. 2021 Tending to your most basic needs will help put you in a better headspace to weather the emotional tumult of the holiday season. Aidin Vaziri, SFChronicle.com, "How to handle holiday stress during the pandemic. Bay Area experts have the answers," 7 Nov. 2020 Sit in your car outside the local Cool-Girl Thrift Shop and listen to some Angel Olsen to get into the right headspace. Erin Chack, The New Yorker, "How to Sell Your Clothes at the Local Cool-Girl Thrift Shop," 16 Oct. 2020 Here’s to keeping your Zoom background as tidy and clear as your headspace. Shop the best home organization products from Amazon that both play and look the part. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Spending More Time at Home? 21 Stylish Ways to Organize Every Corner," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of headspace

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Feb 2021

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“Headspace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headspace. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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