spatial

adjective
spa·tial | \ˈspā-shəl \
variants: or less commonly spacial

Definition of spatial 

1 : relating to, occupying, or having the character of space

2 : of, relating to, or involved in the perception of relationships (as of objects) in space tests of spatial ability spatial memory

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Other Words from spatial

spatiality \ˌspā-shē-ˈa-lə-tē \ or less commonly spaciality noun
spatially \ˈspā-sh(ə-)lē \ or less commonly spacially adverb

Examples of spatial in a Sentence

When patients have this kind of problem, they can't feel the relationship between their body and their feet, so they must rely on visual cues to keep themselves upright. Without these cues, they lose their spatial orientation and fall. — John Pettinato, Discover, October 2004 Williams syndrome, which was first described in 1961, results when a group of genes on one copy of chromosome 7 is deleted during embryonic development. Most people with Williams resemble each other more than they do their families, with wide-set hazel eyes, upturned noses, and wide mouths. They also share a peculiar set of mental impairments. Most stumble over the simplest spatial tasks, such as putting together a puzzle, and many not read or write beyond the level of a first grader. U.S. News & World Report, 15 June 1998 Several new ground-based and orbiting astronomical facilities that could provide high spatial and spectral resolution appear technologically ready for development during the next several decades. — Robert D. Gehrz et al., Science, 25 May 1984 the spatial dimensions of a room
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In the process, East New York became a victim of what economists call spatial, or geographic, inequality: As its population shrank and its demographics changed, stores closed and city services declined, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, "The Case for the Subway," 3 Jan. 2018 Thus past, present and future converge to create an artwork whose meaning is immediately accessible but whose spatial and semantic depth successfully merge to produce one of the greatest works of art ever created. —Mr. Robert E. Gordon, WSJ, "A Multi-Layered Drama," 13 July 2018 Kids who build stuff have better spatial reasoning and, in one controversial study, better math skills. Erik Vance, Scientific American, "Sorry, Mom and Dad, Toys Cannot Supercharge Your Baby," 15 May 2018 The only major spatial consideration is transport, since nobody wants to walk 10 miles from the park entrance to the spinosaurus exhibit, right? Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Jurassic World Evolution," 19 June 2018 These activities complement physical and occupational therapy by strengthening hand/eye coordination and spatial awareness, Gilmore said. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Veterans Museum festival celebrates military kids," 30 Apr. 2018 The revitalized blocks around Broadway Junction — desirable to people with more money, affordable to people with less — would reduce spatial inequality and provide current residents new jobs. Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, "The Case for the Subway," 3 Jan. 2018 Camera movements establish spatial relationships between the characters and the incredible violence around them. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Sicario’ sequel is relentlessly grim," 28 June 2018 The spatial drama continues on the upper floors, where visitors can gaze down canyonlike expanses to the atrium. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "The national African-American museum still stirs the soul — and drops hints of what to expect at the Obama Presidential Center," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of spatial

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spatial

Latin spatium space

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spatial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of spatial

: of or relating to space and the relationship of objects within it

spatial

adjective
spa·tial | \ˈspā-shəl \

Kids Definition of spatial

: of or relating to space

spatial

adjective
spa·tial | \ˈspā-shəl \

Medical Definition of spatial 

1 : relating to, occupying, or having the character of space affected with spatial disorientation

2 : of or relating to facility in perceiving relations (as of objects) in space tests of spatial ability

Other Words from spatial

spatially \ˈspāsh-(ə-)lē \ adverb

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