outer space


Definition of outer space

: space immediately outside the earth's atmosphere broadly : interplanetary or interstellar space

Examples of outer space in a Sentence

a satellite in outer space Is there life in outer space?
Recent Examples on the Web The citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat when LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space start to wreck everything. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 Not in front of a green screen that will later be turned into Saturn, but actual outer space. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "Taika Waititi Will Direct a Star Wars Movie," 7 May 2020 Terraforming Mars: Sanders’ favorite game prompts discussions on outer space and what’s needed to make Mars habitable for humans. oregonlive, "Failing at homeschooling? Play a board game, say experts," 22 Mar. 2020 Television also offered outright fantasy, the chance to escape into outer space or back in time. Joanna Scutts, Curbed, "The shows we’ve lived by," 14 Aug. 2019 The order also affirms Congress’ intent that Americans should be allowed to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space. Fox News, "Trump signs order on moon mining, pulling resources from asteroids," 8 Apr. 2020 Will satellite antennas unfurl properly in outer space? Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, "How the Obscure Science of Rubbing Built the Past and Will Shape the Future," 7 Apr. 2020 In June of 1997, then Governor George W. Bush signed a bill that allowed astronauts who were registered to vote in Texas to cast ballots from outer space. Meagan Hurley, Dallas News, "How absentee ballots and voter fraud stopped Texans from voting by mail," 14 Apr. 2020 The footprints of a dozen Americans are on the lunar surface, but none are mission commander James Lovell's, a bitter disappointment for an overachiever who was on his fourth voyage into outer space. Meg Jones, USA TODAY, "50 years after Apollo 13, Commander James Lovell sees the mission's failure as a triumph," 12 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of outer space

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outer space was in 1842

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30 May 2020

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“Outer space.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outer%20space. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of outer space

: the region beyond the Earth's atmosphere in which there are stars and planets

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Kids Definition of outer space

: the region beyond earth's atmosphere and especially beyond the solar system

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