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?
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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outer space was in 1842

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“Outer space.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outer%20space. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

outer space

: space entry 1 sense 4
especially : the region beyond the solar system

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