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 Stewart eventually spending time at power forward to take advantage of his floor-spacing. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Pistons' Isaiah Stewart is a mix of Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace," 17 Apr. 2021 Morris has thrived, shooting 48.8% on 6.2 three-pointers per game and 51% overall, with Batum theorizing that Morris has benefited from the same spacing that comes when playing off of George and Leonard. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Why the Clippers’ lineup change helped Marcus Morris thrive," 12 Apr. 2021 Then there is the floor spacing of Robinson, including his 4 of 9 on 3-pointers Monday at Madison Square Garden, and bench boost of Herro, with his 18 points in reserve in New York. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: For Heat’s Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro, it’s about keeping the faith | Commentary," 30 Mar. 2021 And if guards Celeste Taylor, Joanne Allen-Taylor and Kyra Lambert can continue their spacing and distributing, Texas will be in solid position to advance to the second round for the first time since 2018. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas readies for NCAA Tournament first-round battle with Bradley," 21 Mar. 2021 Clifford also wants to see his team improve its spacing when Detroit sends a double team at Nikola Vucevic, who scored 37 points on Sunday. Roy Parry,, "Magic set up current surge with grind-it-out mentality during West Coast trip," 23 Feb. 2021 It's predicated on spacing and patience from the playbook of the late coach Rick Majerus. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NCAA Tournament upsets still in store? Here's five bold predictions for the Sweet 16 of March Madness," 24 Mar. 2021 The Pistons as a whole didn’t shoot well on Friday, and spacing could be an issue this season as the roster lacks knockdown shooters. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Rookie Saddiq Bey was a 'big-time bright spot' during the Detroit Pistons' preseason opener," 13 Dec. 2020 Gruber said spacing is not an issue at the original Kenny & Ziggy’s location at 2327 Post Oak Blvd. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Kenny & Ziggy's in West University has permanently closed," 21 Oct. 2020

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Spacing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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