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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cases are on the rise in all 50 states, Localized coronavirus surges are starting to affect heavily unvaccinated communities in places like Missouri and Arkansas, where hospitals are running out of space again. BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2021 Funding is needed to add 2,200 square feet of space to our existing building. The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 The city planned to develop half of the garden into single-family housing and the other half into a neighborhood park as a compromise to keep some of the green space. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, 20 July 2021 These reasons included use of space, cleaning capacity and social distancing. cleveland, 19 July 2021 Not all will produce coronal mass ejections, and in the vast expanse of space, fewer of those will hit Earth. Washington Post, 19 July 2021 Amazon's founder Jeff Bezos, accompanied by three others, is scheduled to fly to the edge of space in his company’s Blue Origin rocket. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 July 2021 The massive home has over 3,000 square feet of outdoor space, including a private pool and a daybed perfect for afternoon naps or falling asleep at night to the sound of the waves. Juliet Izon, CNN, 19 July 2021 Cal Fire and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department are also asking residents to protect themselves and their property from fires by clearing brush and other vegetation around their homes to create 100-feet of defensive space. Sofía Mejías Pascoe Reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most of the $28 million from the auction has been distributed to space advocacy and education groups, with the rest benefiting Blue Origin’s Club for the Future, its own education effort. Marcia Dunn, Chron, 20 July 2021 Most of the $28 million from the auction has been distributed to space advocacy and education groups, with the rest benefiting Blue Origin’s Club for the Future, its own education effort. Marcia Dunn, chicagotribune.com, 20 July 2021 The uncontrolled re-entry and descent of the core of a Chinese Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket a couple weeks later added to space debris worries. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 13 June 2021 Heyink tells his customers to space tomatoes at least 2 feet apart and plant peppers at 18-inch intervals. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, 25 Apr. 2021 Some experts fear that Starlink could be a risk to space safety and the environment. Christopher Hutton, Washington Examiner, 22 Apr. 2021 When loading the rides, park employees space parkgoers at least one row apart. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2021 The hope is that Miami can use Fuller to space the field, keeping safeties occupied while the rest of Miami’s receivers and tight ends attack the intermediate areas. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 8 July 2021 The world is drowning and scorching, and two of the wealthiest men decide to ... race in their private rocket ships to see who can get to space a few days before the other. Shannon Stirone, The Atlantic, 7 July 2021

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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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Time Traveler for space

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The first known use of space was in the 14th century

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SPAC

space

space absorption

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21 Jul 2021

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“Space.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/space. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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