space

noun, often attributive
\ˈspās \

Definition of space 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a period of time also : its duration

2a : a limited extent in one, two, or three dimensions : distance, area, volume

b : an extent set apart or available parking space floor space

c : the distance from other people or things that a person needs in order to remain comfortable invading my personal space

3 : one of the degrees between or above or below the lines of a musical staff — compare line

4a : a boundless three-dimensional extent in which objects and events occur and have relative position and direction infinite space and time

b : physical space independent of what occupies it

called also absolute space

5 : the region beyond the earth's atmosphere or beyond the solar system

6a : a blank area separating words or lines

b : material used to produce such blank area especially : a piece of type less than one en in width

7 : a set of mathematical elements and especially of abstractions of all the points on a line, in a plane, or in physical space especially : a set of mathematical entities with a set of axioms of geometric character — compare metric space, topological space, vector space

8a : linage

b : broadcast time available especially to advertisers

9 : accommodations on a public vehicle

10a : the opportunity to assert or experience one's identity or needs freely

b : an opportunity for privacy or time to oneself

space

verb
spaced; spacing

Definition of space (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place at intervals or arrange with space between often used with out

intransitive verb

: to leave one or more blank spaces (as in a line of typing)

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Other Words from space

Verb

spacer noun

Synonyms for space

Synonyms: Noun

bit, spell, stretch, while

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Examples of space in a Sentence

Noun

There's still some space for a bookshelf. the space behind the couch Is there space in the cabinet for these dishes? There's not much empty space. He moved the books to create more space on his desk. Those old boxes take up a lot of space. The magazine devotes a lot of space to advertising. She has a space between her front teeth. There isn't much space between our houses. the wide open spaces of the western U.S.

Verb

Space the seedlings about six inches apart. He spaces his albums so that he puts one out every two to three years. They spaced the births of their three children two years apart.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Bulls, through a series of minor moves, created enough cap space to offer a contract the Bucks would not match. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks rescind qualifying offer; Jabari Parker joins Chicago Bulls," 14 July 2018 Anonymous Content is expanding into digital with the help of a longtime manager in the space. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Anonymous Content Taps Sarah Weichel to Lead Emerging Platforms Division (Exclusive)," 13 July 2018 In the space of eight hours, Trump had moved from doubting the utility of the mutual defense alliance and provoking an extraordinary emergency session of its members to declaring the pact stronger than ever. Zeke Miller, Washington Post, "Analysis: Trump’s questionable claims of success," 13 July 2018 Still Threatening Andrej Kramaric takes a pass and creates some space inside the box and fires … wide of the post! Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 Cassandra Snyder, the actress who plays Bland, applauds Rome's vision and willingness to create a space of discomfort and anger in which to discuss police brutality. Ariel Parrella-aureli, Chicago Reader, "365 Ways to Kill an American offers a new perspective on police brutality," 12 July 2018 And director Danny Cohen's music video does a brilliant job of underscoring that sensation by showing her floating in space by the end of that solo. 2. Ed Masley, azcentral, "These are the best songs of 2018, so far," 12 July 2018 But light can be blocked, either by objects in space or by clouds on Earth. Ian Haydon, Philly.com, "For the first time, scientists harness 'ghost particles' to study the universe and its black holes," 12 July 2018 Where Smith had created space for Black humanity and advancement, Young held a differing view of Black people and viewed race relations through a lens of white superiority. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One of the Pacers' biggest needs, aside from 3-point shooting to space the floor for Oladipo, is size in the backcourt. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers continue push for more offense, bring aboard another scorer in Tyreke Evans," 3 July 2018 That would provide three shooters around Ayton to space the floor and give Phoenix the versatility to switch defensively. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Suns' Trevor Ariza deal changes Mikal Bridges' role; team clarifies Devin Booker's 'input'," 2 July 2018 Whether matching up with the Warriors or Rockets, these new-look Lakers will be dependent on players like Caldwell-Pope to defend multiple positions and help space the floor. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Grades: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Opts to Return to Lakers," 1 July 2018 Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year Kamaka Hepa, fresh off a gold medal with Team USA at the FIBA Americas U18 Championships, can help space the floor as a 6-foot-9 forward. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Life without Mo Bamba might not be bleak for Texas," 26 June 2018 To protect trees over winter, use ¼-inch wire hardware cloth, spaced 1 to 2 inches from the trunk. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Rabbits feasting on your garden? Wire fencing is your friend," 15 June 2018 The threat of Mirotic's perimeter shot helped space the floor for teammates and his scoring, rebounding and defense eased the nightly burden on Davis. Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com, "This Pelicans' season has been one of redemption for Dell Demps," 8 May 2018 The Wizards could immediately use a big that can space the floor. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 11.0: Trade Rumors and Final Picks for Both Rounds," 21 June 2018 Omari Spellman: Spellman slimmed down during his redshirt season at Villanova, and emerged as a prototypical pick and pop 4, a player agile enough in the half court who can space a defense for either drives to the rim or three-point attempts. 44. Matthew Giles, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the top 50 prospects in the 2018 NBA draft," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of space

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for space

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French espace, space, from Latin spatium area, room, interval of space or time

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space

noun

English Language Learners Definition of space

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the amount of an area, room, surface, etc., that is empty or available for use

: an area that is used or available for a specific purpose

: an empty area between things

space

verb

English Language Learners Definition of space (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place or arrange (things) so that there is a particular amount of space between them

: to separate (things) by particular periods of time

space

noun
\ˈspās \

Kids Definition of space

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a part of a distance, area, or volume that can be measured a grassy open space

2 : a certain place set apart or available a parking space There's still some space in the cupboard.

3 : the area without limits in which all things exist and move endless space and time

4 : a period of time The phone rang five times within the space of 15 minutes.

5 : the region beyond the earth's atmosphere

6 : an empty place Sit in the space between us.

space

verb
spaced; spacing

Kids Definition of space (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place or separate with some distance or time between Space the posts about six feet apart.

space

noun
\ˈspās \

Medical Definition of space 

1 : a period of time also : its duration

2 : a limited extent in one, two, or three dimensions

3 : a particular area or cavity within the body

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