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 and Kings are the only teams remaining with significant salary cap space. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls working to sign restricted free agent Jabari Parker to offer sheet," 14 July 2018 The school system wants the school to have space for 620 students from kindergarten to fifth-grade, according to Kamen. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "New snags in planning for a new, or remodeled, Columbia elementary school," 13 July 2018 What a sanctuary space actually involves totally depends—some actually shelter immigrants, while others simply provide material and emotional support. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "6 Impactful Ways to Help Migrant Families Separated at the Border," 13 July 2018 Due to the crowds of spectators, individuals are encouraged to arrive a half hour before sunset to find a space suitable for viewing Manhattanhenge. Renae Reints, Fortune, "This Is Your Last Chance to Experience Manhattanhenge in 2018," 12 July 2018 The new gates offer more amenities, such as outlets in every seat and more space for passengers, as Charlotte balances its low-cost, no-frills past with a flashier future. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s airport manages ‘tricky balance’ between low-cost hub and fancy new gates," 12 July 2018 Those attempts so far have been unsuccessful, with Sacramento among very few teams remaining with the cap space to acquire Johnson’s contract without sending substantial money back to Miami. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Tyler Johnson contract creating challenges, and these interesting future options for Heat," 12 July 2018 That status, along with a shortage of teams with significant salary cap space, gave the Magic significant leverage in the process. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Aaron Gordon’s new Magic contract brought tears to his eyes," 10 July 2018 Being one of the few teams with salary cap space didn't hurt, but don't discount the appeal of playing for a winner — one with a young, likable core. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "In rare twist, Indiana Pacers are NBA free agency winners for once," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Martin has talked about Missouri becoming more positionless by having versatile players space the floor and create more shots. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "Mizzou basketball's 'X-factor' is a player nearly two years removed from his last game | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 To play him sacrifices spacing and defensive precision. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency 2018: Top 50 Players Available," 25 June 2018 By leaving Wagner on the floor with a stretch four like Livers or Duncan Robinson, Michigan's offense is then able to space bigger teams out and force them to guard five players who can pass, drive and shoot. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan not obsessed with raw rebounding margin vs. Texas A&M," 21 Mar. 2018 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

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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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