spac·​ing | \ ˈspā-siŋ How to pronounce spacing (audio) \

Definition of spacing

1a : the act of providing with spaces or placing at intervals
b : an arrangement in space
2a : a limited extent : space
b : the distance between any two objects in a usually regularly arranged series

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Examples of spacing in a Sentence

The spacing between characters should be even. the spacing of the houses was a little tight

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The ball-handler doesn't adjust by taking a step back to the 3-point arc to create better spacing and shifting to his right to create the 45-degree angle to make the entry pass easier. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Jaren Jackson Jr. sits in middle of Grizzlies' efforts to rebuild grit-and-grind identity," 11 July 2018 That should come from Milwaukee, a team with arguably the best player in the conference — Giannis Antetokounmpo — lots of size, shooters, and a new coach in Mike Budenholzer who should improve the team's spacing and overall offensive attack. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "How good can Detroit Pistons be in the East post-LeBron James?," 3 July 2018 While his defensive contributions and overall decision-making can be dubious, a player like Green who has playoff experience, some juice left in the tank and can offer just enough floor-spacing and size should prove useful to the Wizards. Jeremy Woo,, "Grades: If Wizards' Locker Room Survives, Dwight Howard and Jeff Green Are Worthy Gambles," 3 July 2018 Next, choose the Options button and set the spacing inside the box between the text and the borders. Jd Sartain, PCWorld, "How to create and share custom Style Sheets in Word and PowerPoint," 8 Aug. 2018 The cooking grates had just the right amount of spacing. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Grills in America Reviewed," 3 Aug. 2017 That group had a 6.3 net rating, but had no spacing offensively and was unsustainably good on defense. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Grades: With Two Stars Intact, Thunder Shore Up Frontcourt Through Grant, Noel Deals," 2 July 2018 Wade said the increased scoring in the pain was in part because of having better spacing but also because the Tigers are figuring out what to do when a team tries to take away Waters. Andrew Lopez,, "Despite rebounding numbers, LSU comes up with big win over Texas A&M," 24 Jan. 2018 Critically, this loss seems to be concentrated in kilometer-scale pits that form in parallel lines with a similar spacing to that seen in the washboard terrain. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Enigmatic ridges on Pluto may be the remains of vanished nitrogen glaciers," 17 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of spacing

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of spacing was in 1711

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English Language Learners Definition of spacing

: the amount of space between letters, words, or lines on a printed page

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