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

Horan carves out a bit of space on the left, and her cross meets a galloping Morgan right in front of Telford. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "How the U.S. Beat England to Reach the World Cup Final," 2 July 2019 To date, 2019 has had negative net absorption, with 206,700 more square feet of unleased space at the end of the second quarter than when the year began. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Houston’s office market may not have hit rock bottom after all," 2 July 2019 Now the Mavs have lots of cap space and fewer candidates to sign. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency Report Card: Grading the Nets, Knicks, 76ers and More from a Crazy Day 1," 1 July 2019 The 1,335 square feet of living space include two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a powder room. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Rocker Alice Cooper is among celebs who have called this Beverly Crest spot home," 1 July 2019 But the Warriors had a rare opportunity since Memphis had plenty of cap space to absorb his contract without needing to send anything back in return. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "After first day of NBA free agency, Warriors thinking ahead to 2020-221 season," 1 July 2019 The troubled 6x6 project in Mid-Market is more than twice as big with 250,000 square feet of retail space, but still has no tenants after opening in 2016. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "With coffee, empanadas and a gym, Transbay center seeks to be SF retail destination," 1 July 2019 Landmarks: Presidio Park provides acres of open space and is a popular spot for weddings. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mission Hills: Stately homes and low-key commercial area define distinguished neighborhood," 30 June 2019 With an abundance of space, Dotson went on a long run and ripped a 25-yard shot past goalkeeper Spencer Richey. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United offense comes alive in 7-1 thrashing of Cincinnati," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 While spacing could be an issue, the Pelicans should thrive in transition especially with Ball and Ingram’s abilities to make plays in the open floor as well as Williamson’s play-making skills. Andrew Lopez, nola.com, "After trade, Pelicans could become elite defensively but questions remain on offense," 16 June 2019 Joan Bevelaqua’s watercolors all explore the reflective qualities of glass vessels that are closely spaced in tabletop arrangements. Mike Giuliano, baltimoresun.com, "Resident artists in spotlight at Howard County Arts Council show," 6 June 2019 Another 20 years would pass before NASA sent Sally Ride to space aboard the shuttle Challenger, finally realizing the dream of the Mercury 13. Amber Jorgenson, Discover Magazine, "Meet the Mercury 13: Women Fight for Spaceflight," 20 May 2019 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

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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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