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

With the national goal achieved, President Richard M. Nixon ordered cuts to the space agency’s budget, and the first to go were the trainee engineers. John D'anna, azcentral, "A young engineer trainee found himself at the Apollo 11 launch with Barry Goldwater," 16 July 2019 Indeed, 14 missions launched by four different space agencies have successfully placed spacecraft on or around the moon in the past 10 years. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve," 16 July 2019 Fifty years after the Apollo 11 landing, a look back at some of The New Yorker’s space-exploration cover art. The New Yorker, "Over the Moon," 16 July 2019 What do space exploration and a Bay Area community theater have in common? Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Theater’s NASA memories mix musicals and moonwalkers," 16 July 2019 Blue Sushi Sake Grill Kick back with a premium sake and have fun in the urban-Tokyo space on Indy's north side. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Every restaurant you'll try at the IndyStar Wine & Food Experience," 16 July 2019 But his other venture, Blue Origin, is focused on the future of space exploration. CBS News, "Jeff Bezos looks to reduce the "price of admission" to space exploration," 15 July 2019 Jamie Turner, a sports editor at cleveland.com, has a passion for space exploration and has spent recent months putting together a package of stories about Ohio’s outsize role in the moon landing, including a profile on Neil Armstrong. cleveland.com, "A sports editor explains his passion for space exploration, highlights his series on the moon landing and tells how Neil Armstrong used Google to prove it wasn’t fake – This Week in the CLE," 14 July 2019 Experts say the missions and aggressive timetables will test ISRO, the low-profile space agency. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "India’s first attempted moon landing heralds a new global space race," 14 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There will always be some concern for spacing around a combination like Simmons and Embiid, but Philadelphia has found three shooters who can each make plays to exploit a leveraged defense. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Adding Al Horford Jump-Starts the Latest Sixers Reinvention," 1 July 2019 The steel supports are also large and the feet are widely spaced, giving the entire chair a stable, confident feel. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Super-Portable Camp Chairs," 11 June 2019 Tables are generously spaced; despite the concrete floor and the open-rafter ceiling, dining-room noise is low. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Entente dishing up same great food in a spiffy new home," 10 June 2019 This spaced the floor and freed up more room for Toronto’s complementary options. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "What must Warriors do for NBA Finals comeback against Raptors?," 8 June 2019 The thin wooden planks are woven together with the hardy Japanese native kiwi vine and generously spaced for gaping views of the rushing river 45 feet below. Jamie Moore, USA TODAY, "The world’s 10 most amazing suspension bridges," 26 Apr. 2018 Like Green, Villanova's forwards space the floor with their ability to shoot outside and create on the dribble. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "Villanova draws comparisons to Warriors, D’Antoni’s Rockets," 1 Apr. 2018 On the payload side, SpaceX was delivering to space a diverse set of spacecraft, from Department of Defense military satellites to crafts containing some of the ashes of deceased family members. Chabeli Herrera, orlandosentinel.com, "SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy for the third time in its most complex mission yet," 25 June 2019 Companies that sell the rods supply charts listing appropriate sizes and spacing for different diameters of wood. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Two enemies of outdoor wooden sculptures: Rain and sun," 24 June 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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