spac·​ing | \ˈspā-siŋ \

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 wavelength of the photon is dictated by the energy of the electrons and the spacing of the magnets. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Single-beam laser becomes multi-beam laser by kicking electrons," 5 Dec. 2018 Format paragraph Paragraph format options range from line spacing to alignment, indentations, and more. Jd Sartain, PCWorld, "How to create and share custom Style Sheets in Word and PowerPoint," 8 Aug. 2018 Dattner says the sanded redwood uprights are better to look at and to touch than steel, and the design varies the spacing of the rungs so that small children can more easily climb below, but only as far as safety allows. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 McBuckets should slide in nicely next to Oladipo in some lineups, providing good spacing alongside Bojan Bogdanovic. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "In rare twist, Indiana Pacers are NBA free agency winners for once," 9 July 2018 Enbridge also has failed to maintain an adequate spacing of anchor supports holding the pipeline on the Straits' bottom, as required in its 1953 easement with the state. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Why Line 5 oil pipeline isn't on Mackinac Policy Conference agenda," 29 May 2018 There are myriad smaller but vital considerations: The amount of total sunlight the area gets, the spacing of winter rains, winds, the timing after the winter frost, low nighttime temperatures and high daytime temperatures. Wes Judd, San Francisco Chronicle, "Will there be a ‘super bloom’ in Death Valley in 2018? It’s not looking good.," 22 Mar. 2018 With Blake Griffin, Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond as offensive focal points, the door could be opened for the better 3-point shooter to provide spacing — although Johnson is still the superior defender. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Glenn Robinson III coming for starting forward spot," 14 July 2018 Anderson’s shooting is an important part of the Rockets offense, providing the spacing for James Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon to work off the dribble without pesky power forwards interfering. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "3-pointers: Takeaways from the Rockets' win against the Suns," 13 Jan. 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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