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


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 River Hill graduates Pun Kaotira and Pam Amornkitwill, along with Amornkitwill’s husband Pong, have opened the dine-in and carryout establishment at the Clarksville Commons, in the space previously occupied by Kung Fu Szechuan. Susan Soldavin,, 17 Sep. 2021 The airy space in London’s charming Notting Hill area offers a range of specialized extension services, including micro rings, clip-ins, tapes, and braids & ponytails, with each piece bespoke matched to client’s unique hair color. Angela Lei, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 The space’s amenities include a full basement, commercial kitchen and new elevator, with new hardwood floors throughout and a rooftop patio. Matt Wake |, al, 17 Sep. 2021 Liz Vaccariello offers a look inside the space in a special video tour. Abigail Adams,, 17 Sep. 2021 How will the students of Moordale cope without the safest space on campus? Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 17 Sep. 2021 Expect to see more businesses teaming up with esports influencers, making merchandise available in the gaming space, and pumping out ads. Lee Trink, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 The 40-seat theatrical space is situated on the ground floor with a bar, stage and options for both indoor and outdoor seating. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2021 Rook, Nova, Hanks, and Leo spoke to @TomCruise sharing their experience from space. William Harwood, CBS News, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Proctor secured her ticket to space through an online contest conducted by Shift4 Payments and Sembroski won his seat in a charity drive to raise money for St. Jude. NBC News, 16 Sep. 2021 Shields plans to use to space for people to think about memory, prayer and connections. Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2021 That seat ended up going to Chris Sembroski, a Lockheed Martin engineer who entered the sweepstakes, did not win but will be going to space anyway after a friend who won the seat transferred the prize to him, according to the New York Times. Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021 None of the four crew members has been to space previously. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021 Halle Berry returns to space for the first time since her CBS TV series Extant in the wild new teaser trailer for her upcoming sci-fi action flick Moonfall. Joey Nolfi,, 2 Sep. 2021 In late September, before overhauling its fleet, Virgin Galactic is scheduled to fly its next test flight, carrying several members of the Italian Air Force to space. Nicholas Schmidl, The New Yorker, 1 Sep. 2021 Astra is one of dozens of companies that plan to use lightweight rockets to make frequent trips to space to drop off satellites. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 New footage that debuted at Comic-Con showed how a genius billionaire named Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) looks to space to save humanity and melds alien symbiotes with human beings to create a higher life form. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of space


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for space


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

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

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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



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


\ 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.


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.


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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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