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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This disease needs moisture to thrive, so grow your basil plants with good spacing in a site with full sun and good air circulation next year. Tim Johnson,, "Yellowing basil leaves could mean downy mildew," 26 Aug. 2019 Vine spacing within the row can be 6 to 9 feet apart., "Ask an expert: Make sure you have enough room to work around grape vines," 24 Aug. 2019 Role: Secondary playmaker off the bench, floor spacing. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Analyzing the Detroit Pistons roster and predicting the depth chart," 22 July 2019 His offensive game is more polished than that of Hayes and those other giants, while his array of post moves and deft touch from 3-point range could create more spacing and openings for the Longhorns in 2019-20. Nick Moyle,, "As Jaxson Hayes heads to NBA, Will Baker steps in for Texas," 7 July 2019 Nearly twenty per cent of the population of New Square is under the age of five, a cohort that is especially vulnerable to measles, owing to the spacing of the regimen of shots. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 Most notably, the 49ers will use more wide-9 defensive fronts, which creates more spacing between the linemen. Eric Branch,, "Continuity concerns? 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has a few," 13 Aug. 2019 The realignment of the off-ramp eliminates the short spacing of signals along Mathilda Avenue just north of the 237 overcrossing and will help improve traffic flow by easing back-up and lessening delays. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "New lane on I-680 will be converted to an express lane: Roadshow," 9 Aug. 2019 This experiment, the Cascadia Initiative, was the first ever to cover an entire tectonic plate with instruments at a spacing of roughly 50 kilometers. The Conversation,, "Earthquake risk along NW coast is not the same for all areas," 8 July 2019

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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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