space

1 of 2

noun

often attributive
1
: a period of time
also : its duration
2
a
: 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
4
a
: 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
6
a
: 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
8
a
: linage
b
: broadcast time available especially to advertisers
9
: accommodations on a public vehicle
10
a
: the opportunity to assert or experience one's identity or needs freely
b
: an opportunity for privacy or time to oneself

space

2 of 2

verb

spaced; spacing

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Save weight and space by choosing a non-insulated reusable water bottle. Brenda Stolyar And Medea Giordano, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2022 But Ollie’s dexterity with that, with allowing space and delicacy, was totally key to making that work. Chris Willman, Variety, 27 Nov. 2022 When stepping into the suite’s separate head, the CLB65’s size is even more apparent, thanks to the large open space and a separate rainfall shower. Kevin Koenig, Robb Report, 26 Nov. 2022 Its air purifier line is equally impressive, with packed features and a user-friendly interface that will win over both those new to the air purifier space and those looking to upgrade their existing model. Grace Smith, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Nov. 2022 What is funny is how neither space nor time are truly fixed. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2022 Very good manipulation of space and defenders in order to get his teammates open — the kind of stuff a super athletic Mike Conley would do. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 The Japanese architect has made his name manipulating the relationship between concrete, space and light. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 23 Nov. 2022 Valerie in Glendale has opened — a sprawling 5,000-square-foot bakery, events space and confectionery. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2022
Verb
This mission launched last Wednesday morning, when NASA’s beleaguered and long-delayed Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket vaulted the Orion capsule to space, cementing the rocket as the most powerful operational launch vehicle ever built. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 21 Nov. 2022 After voting to purchase two tickets to space from Blue Origin, the community began selecting who would go. Zenger News, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 China for the moment relies on the Long March 5B for carrying its heaviest payloads to space. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2022 The world powers were grappling for prestige on the global stage, using the technological feat of going to space as a measuring stick. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2022 Bezos has credited his own journey to space for helping to inspire his push to fight climate change. Brian Fung, CNN, 14 Nov. 2022 For this mission, the Falcon was carrying satellites to space on a secret mission dubbed the USSF-44 for the US military’s Space Systems Command’s Innovation and Prototyping Delta. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 4 Nov. 2022 More people have been to space than have driven the Wienermobile, Carmel notes in the story. Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2022 Katy Perry, for example, once bought ex-husband Russell Brand a $200,000 ticket to space for his birthday. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French espace, space, from Latin spatium area, room, interval of space or time

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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

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Cite this Entry

“Space.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/space. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

space

1 of 2 noun
1
: a period of time
2
a
: a limited extent in one, two, or three dimensions : distance, area, volume
b
: an area set apart or available
parking space
floor space
3
: the limitless three-dimensional extent in which all things exist and move
4
: the region beyond the earth's atmosphere
5
: a blank area separating words or lines
6
: an available seat on a public vehicle

space

2 of 2 verb
spaced; spacing
: to place with space between
space out the chairs one foot apart

Medical Definition

space

noun
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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