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

The manner in which the figures are attached to the gallery space is as important as the figures themselves, Burr says. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Two very different approaches to LGBTQ history at Atheneum, CHS," 18 June 2019 The space is perfect for a celebratory meal, but Wilcomb wants people to feel at home strolling in with shorts and a T-shirt, especially once the outdoor tables are in place. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "Gianna: New Warehouse District restaurant dishes out travelogue of Italian food," 18 June 2019 The remaining space is roughly 1½ times the size of Crossroads Collective. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bay View will get a food hall and market called Flour and Feed in the new Kinetik building," 17 June 2019 The space is ripe for entertaining, Mandelbaum said. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: This $745K home is a secluded gem just 15 minutes south of Downtown," 14 June 2019 The space was operating as an unsanctioned live-work artists collective called Satya Yuga, housing about 25 people at the time of the fire. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship witnesses say defendant wasn’t lead organizer of deadly concert," 13 June 2019 Entries are edited for content and are published as space is available. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "What’s Happening sports briefs for June 14," 13 June 2019 Free parking will be provided in the P2 garage while space is available. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat to hold NBA draft party at AmericanAirlines Arena," 12 June 2019 Plants need plenty of room; give them about double the space is a good starting point. oregonlive.com, "Trial gardens show vegetables can be grown without irrigation," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Creates space with advanced right-to-left crossovers and spin moves. Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "NBA mock draft 2019: Rounding up who the experts like for the Trail Blazers with one week left," 13 June 2019 In the 1980s, as part of an experiment in converting bogs to timber-producing forests, the Canadian government drained large areas of the Alberta swamps and planted black spruce, carefully spaced for maximum growth. Ian Willms, National Geographic, "Tree-planting programs can do more harm than good," 26 Apr. 2019 Then install 2x4 studs between the top and bottom plates, spaced 16 in. on-center. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Finish Your Basement," 18 Apr. 2019 Orange cones along the street block out the bike lane and biking signs spaced along the routes alert motorists to share the road. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "Would you ride a bike in Kenner? 'Pop up' lane offers test path," 29 Mar. 2018 Hills with one or two seedlings should be spaced about 3 feet apart, with rows 4 to 5 feet apart. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 12 July 2018 Children born after 1999 have been routinely vaccinated against hepatitis A. For adults, two doses of the vaccine spaced six months apart will provide lifelong protection from the virus. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's hepatitis A outbreak is worst in U.S. What you need to know.," 27 May 2018 Team officials valued his leadership qualities, competitiveness and floor-spacing ability. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Arron Afflalo suspended 2 games for fighting," 19 Jan. 2018 The protocol recommends four Emsculpt sessions within a roughly two week period, spaced two or three days apart for optimal results. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Emsulpt," 21 Feb. 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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