noun, often attributive
\ ˈspās How to pronounce space (audio) \

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


spaced; spacing

Definition of space (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place at intervals or arrange with space between Evenly space 16 tablespoons of shredded cheese on the baking sheet … — The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel often used with out Space out the work you plan to do … Don't try to crowd too much into each day.— Darlene Polachic

intransitive verb

1 : to leave one or more blank spaces (as in a line of typing)
2 informal : to fail to remember something : forget … I totally forgot to write last week. I had planned to do it, I had it all figured out, and I spaced.— Steve "Nookie" Postal often used with on If your mom doesn't live close by, or if you totally spaced on getting her a Mother's Day gift this year, then flowers or chocolates are a great, last-minute gift idea that are sure to brighten her day.— Leah Stodart — see also space out

Synonyms for space

Synonyms: Noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Choose room three for space and a little spot of your own on the terrace or room four for quiet away from the restaurant hubbub. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 25 June 2022 The Model S is also practical, with a large rear cargo area and a frunk for extra space. Car and Driver, 24 June 2022 Summer stage programming is always a guessing game, as realized by Towle Theater Artistic Director Jeff Casey, the man and the mind responsible for selecting programming for the Hammond performance space. Philip Potempa, Chicago Tribune, 24 June 2022 In the past, Buterin has also shared similar hopes for the space, urging for crypto to be used for social causes rather than speculative financial bets. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 23 June 2022 The need for more office space sparked a move to Chandler a few years later and ultimately to Gilbert in 2019. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2022 Stadium personnel cleared two sections of seating to allow for space. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 22 June 2022 No such plan has been produced or released by the Gloria administration, even though the Ash Street building remains unusable due to asbestos and other problems and the pandemic has reduced demand for downtown office space. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 June 2022 Stadium personnel cleared two sections of seating to allow for space. Jr Radcliffe, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plant them with the growing tips up and space them about four inches apart, measuring from center to center. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 June 2022 Vaccine makers could add a third or fourth injection or space the shots further apart, or both. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 29 Mar. 2022 Dig it up and break it into clumps the size of tennis balls and space them 8 inches apart checkerboard-style through the bed. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2022 Short trips to space from the early Mercury and Apollo missions have turned into stays of six months or longer aboard the International Space Station. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 4 June 2022 Of the more than 600 people who have been to space since Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering flight in 1961, fewer than 80 have been women and fewer than 40 have been Black, Indigenous, or Latino. Alex Sanz And Anita Snow, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 June 2022 But the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute was the first Swiss wristwatch to make the journey to space. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 25 May 2022 Chari and Barron — both of whom had never been to space prior to the Crew-3 mission — have also both been selected for NASA's corps of Artemis astronauts, who could fly on future missions to the moon. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 5 May 2022 The booster that blasted off Wednesday was making its fourth flight, the first time astronauts were carried to space on a rocket that had flown that often. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of space


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for space


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

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\ ˈspās How to pronounce space (audio) \

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.


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.


\ ˈspās How to pronounce space (audio) \

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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