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
Recent Examples on the Web The two-page form, known as 1040-SR, uses a bigger font than the standard 1040 form, has more spacing and is better at contrasting colors. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Taxes 2020: Here's a new IRS tax form for seniors that may make filing easier on the eyes," 13 Feb. 2020 But NBC News found complaints related to poor patient outcomes, including problems with bite and spacing. NBC News, "'Things didn't feel right': Some SmileDirectClub customers report problems," 13 Feb. 2020 On offense, Germany creates spacing, drawing defenders toward the basket by threatening to dunk a lob in pick-and-roll situations. Greg Luca,, "UTSA freshman Germany expanding role as season progresses," 12 Feb. 2020 Look for more spacing in the 76ers offense and freedom for Ben Simmons to create offense for his teammates. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Philadelphia 76ers at Dallas Mavericks odds, picks and best bets," 11 Jan. 2020 Livers' absence hurt Michigan's spacing in Sunday's loss at Michigan State. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Juwan Howard's winning move may have saved Michigan basketball — for now," 10 Jan. 2020 The experimental version of the game preserved this basic setup but used lifelike faces that differed only in the size or spacing of the eyes, nose or mouth. Sarah Bate, Scientific American, "New Promise for Those Who Suffer from Face Blindness," 26 Dec. 2019 Guys are definitely more athletic, length, close out better, but there’s also more spacing on the court. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns: Rookie Cam Johnson taking shooting slump to heart," 9 Jan. 2020 There is evidence for Turing mechanisms at work in zebra-fish stripes, the spacing between hair follicles in mice, feather buds on a bird's skin, the ridges on a mouse's palate, as well as the digits on a mouse's paw. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Clustering pattern of Azteca ant colonies may be due to a Turing mechanism," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of spacing

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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17 Feb 2020

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“Spacing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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