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

China has reportedly threatened to bar air crew who take part in protests from its air space. Yanan Wang, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong airport cancels all flights over protests," 12 Aug. 2019 Fear accompanies us to our schools, our churches, our theaters, most of our public spaces. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "A motorcycle has now become the sum of our fears: Phillip Morris," 11 Aug. 2019 The deep ocean, generally defined as waters at depths of 200 meters (656 feet) or more, accounts for 45 percent of the Earth’s surface and 95 percent of its habitable space. Adam Minter, Twin Cities, "Adam Minter: Big Tech needs to save the deep seas," 11 Aug. 2019 However, the city has offered to allow the group to rally in a space near the city’s convention center – provided the organizers file a permit application by Tuesday, the Modesto Bee reported. Fox News, "Plan for Straight Pride rally rejected – but California city offers alternative idea," 10 Aug. 2019 Council Oak steakhouse will move to a new location from its temporary ballroom site, but high-end Japanese restaurant Kuro will stay in its current space in the old wing. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Hard Rock Hollywood opens new food court, center bar and bigger Bol restaurant," 9 Aug. 2019 What began as a physical space gradually evolved into a larger project to breathe new life into school libraries. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "One woman is transforming libraries to make lifelong readers out of Indian children," 9 Aug. 2019 Rather than watch its demolition, Joseph Coleman and Bristol Brewing Company owners Mike and Amanda Bristol purchased the property, and in 2013 opened it as a retail and community space. Stacey Mckenna, The Know, "10 bars, restaurants and art spaces that give new life to historic buildings," 8 Aug. 2019 Other organizations that received grants were: Alwun House Foundation received $30,000 after pitching a Green Art Park for downtown Phoenix's Garfield neighborhood as a green space and place for musicians and artists to perform. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "Cancer Support Community Arizona expanding mobile services with USA TODAY NETWORK grant," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In some patients, the lurches are spaced roughly eighteen hours apart, as each new generation of particles floods the body. Richard Preston, The New Yorker, "Is Ebola Evolving Into a More Deadly Virus?," 7 Aug. 2019 The greater concern might be spacing, if the Heat aren't able to get enough shooting on the floor. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Will coaching dynamic be different for Spoelstra without Fizdale or Howard?," 22 July 2019 Twenty-five speakers were spaced evenly in five rows of five in each of the two square-kilometer grids, one inside the Sierra Azul Preserve, just south of Los Gatos, and the other in the San Vicente Redwoods, east of the coastal town of Davenport. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Fearsome mountain lions high-tail it out of there when they hear human voices," 17 July 2019 Create 2 rows of 3 evenly spaced small wells in cheese, each about 3 inches in diameter (6 wells total). Washington Post, "Breakfast pizza makes an ideal dish for a brunch crowd," 15 July 2019 In addition, crops spaced too close may compete for sunlight. oregonlive.com, "Pull unsightly weeds as they pop or desired garden plants will suffer," 13 July 2019 The rotors are also spaced a relatively wide three feet apart. Eric Adams, WIRED, "The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy," 5 July 2019 Serious misconduct has ensnared both major parties, but conduct hasn’t seemed to worsen over time: Unusually corrupt administrations have been spaced, not clumped. James M. Banner Jr., Time, "Corruption, Cover-Ups and the Shocking Presidential History to Remember as Robert Mueller Testifies," 22 July 2019 Dudley, 33, is a 12-year veteran who will help space the court for the Lakers with his perimeter shooting. Broderick Turner, latimes.com, "Veteran Jared Dudley agrees to minimum deal with the Lakers," 2 July 2019

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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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