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 original plan also called for lifting the building eight feet to bring the lower level up to street level and expanding it to the north, which would eliminate some parking spaces. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Riley Lumber Property Purchase In Sight," 14 July 2018 The ring road starts and ends at Village Hall, 14240 W. 151st St., and contains parking spaces and decorative lighting. Michelle Mullins, Daily Southtown, "Homer Glen OKs $2.6 million for new playground, sensory garden; work to begin soon," 13 July 2018 The two-story parking deck will have at least 320 parking spaces. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Duluth approves additional funds for downtown parking facility," 13 July 2018 That space is in the campus’ northwest corner, which is currently a grassy area. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Two 4S Ranch campuses to get new classrooms," 12 July 2018 In 2014, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera ordered startup MonkeyParking to cease and desist from selling street parking spaces via a mobile phone app. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "DMV investigates startup that has disrupted appointment process," 11 July 2018 The city is taking action after complaints that short-term renters use too many parking spaces and party late at night. BostonGlobe.com, "SoftBank raises stake in Yahoo Japan in purchase from Altaba," 11 July 2018 With garden furniture and chessboard-style paths, the space is positively Alice in Wonderlandesque. Katarina Kovac, Vogue, "Where to Go in Croatia’s Capital City of Zagreb," 11 July 2018 Neither McDonald's has the number of parking spaces city codes require. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "McDonald's proposes remodeling 2 restaurants on Highway 100 in Greenfield," 10 July 2018

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The Bucks were looking for players with high IQs, toughness, character and the ability to space the court with their shooting. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With recent additions, Bucks starting to take shape," 9 July 2018 Clark carefully considered the direction of the pergola’s wood slats, spaced just so to provide shade for the patio but allow light to stream into the house. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Parents add a modern wing to their son’s Vermont farmhouse," 15 June 2018 The Sperry Chalet, built in 1914, is one of two stone lodges in Glacier that remain from the days when visitors arrived on the Great Northern Railway to explore the park by horseback, with lodges spaced a day’s ride apart. Washington Post, "Glacier park to rebuild historical chalet destroyed in fire," 17 May 2018 The Shuttle program launched Americans to space for 30 years, flying 135 missions on five different ships, though there were two disasters. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Did you know? Trekkies named the first Space Shuttle," 12 May 2018 Asked the perennial question of how going to space changes your perspective, Nespoli compared it to seeing a portrait in a museum if your eye was touching the canvas. Lee Roop, AL.com, "Relax, California, your Citrus College Rocket Owls had a blast in Alabama," 9 Apr. 2018 Swirl in remaining olive oil and arrange stuffed peppers in skillet, spaced as widely as possible. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 The rack opens to about 12 inches high, 11 inches deep and 18 inches wide but can extend up to 24 inches wide, thanks to push-buttons that snap into slots spaced along the hanging bar. Judi Dash, latimes.com, "This gear makes your world go round, flat, darker and spacier," 2 July 2018 Trees, shrubs and grasses should be trimmed/pruned and spaced properly. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Fire season is here. State officials ask: Are you ready?," 9 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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