space

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

space

verb
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

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Other Words from space

Verb

spacer noun

Synonyms for space

Synonyms: Noun

elbow room, place, room, way

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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

Crawford's job was just helping her client channel those things into the material space. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Almost Everything in This Colorful Family Home is Vintage," 3 May 2019 At an altitude of 35,000 feet (10,668 meters), the rockets would be released, ignite their engines and soar into space. John Antczak, The Seattle Times, "Giant Stratolaunch aircraft lifts off from California," 13 Apr. 2019 The family will be moving into a new apartment soon: a first-floor unit, safer and with more play space for the newly mobile toddlers. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 2019 Most Read Life Stories Submitted by Seattle Times readers The Seattle Times publishes reader rants and raves on a space-available basis. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: Cab driver navigates through downtown obstacles," 13 Apr. 2019 What this means to you: For years, AMD has struggled to keep up with Intel in the mobile processor space, in part because performance lagged. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD's 2nd-gen Ryzen Pro mobile chips see some traction with HP, Lenovo design wins," 8 Apr. 2019 Jo shared plenty of photos on her blog showcasing the space, which includes details like barn doors, a soaking tub, iron light fixtures, and, naturally, lots of shiplap. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Just Secretly Opened a Third Vacation Rental," 26 Feb. 2019 Everything inside is also designed specifically for the space, with custom furniture fitted just-so within the two-room interiors. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Modern prefab cabin is now available to order," 22 Jan. 2019 This arrangement appears to be very space-efficient; for the amount of equipment present, the facility is remarkably compact. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Veneers can fix a number of dental issues including chipping, staining, old restorations and fillings, an uneven or narrow smile, spacing problems, crowding, a poor bite and even internal staining from antibiotics or fluorosis. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What to Consider Before Getting Veneers on Your Teeth," 28 Feb. 2019 The devotion includes crosses spaced at intervals (both indoors and out) alongside art such as paintings or sculptures depicting pivotal scenes from Jesus’s life. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Good Friday and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 22 Feb. 2019 Drop level tablespoons of batter onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 in. apart. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chocolate Stout Whoopie Pies," 15 Feb. 2019 Working mostly in spot-ups, spacing the floor and running in transition, Trent has projectable jumper mechanics and showed solid feel for what was asked of him. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Final Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 18 June 2018 To submit your novel, create an account on HallmarkPublishing.com, fill out the form, and upload both a 3 -4 page synopsis and the full manuscript (double-spaced, in easy-to-read, 12- to 14-point font). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Hallmark Is Now Accepting Submissions for Romance and Mystery Novels," 24 Oct. 2017 Modern centers need to be able to space the floor, and Ayton, in addition to being able to score inside, shot 34 percent from 3-point range at UA and 50.9 percent on mid-range jumpers. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "'Joyful' Deandre Ayton offers personality, 'monster' skills for Suns at No. 1," 17 June 2018 Pipe footballs on prepared baking sheets by drawing 2 1/2-inch football shapes on parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart; invert paper. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Football Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Cream," 6 Nov. 2018 Philadelphia needs consistent floor spacing around Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, and Redick has now shot 42% or better from three-point range in four straight years. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Grades: Sharpshooter J.J. Redick Returns to the Rising Sixers," 2 July 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 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.

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 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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