spatial

adjective

spa·​tial ˈspā-shəl How to pronounce spatial (audio)
variants or less commonly spacial
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
spatiality noun
or less commonly spaciality
spatially adverb
or less commonly spacially

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web Bluetooth-powered, these accessories include spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, adaptive EQ, and customizable gesture controls. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2022 The Unlimited plan also provides songs in HD and a growing number of tracks in Ultra HD audio and spatial audio. Todd Spangler, Variety, 1 Nov. 2022 Both editions offer spatial audio, but the second generation allows users to personalize the experience. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Peoplemag, 28 Oct. 2022 In the future, Google may enable multiple control methodologies, like voice control, spatial gesture control, even gaze control. John Koetsier, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 This set develops hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, imagination and spatial awareness while still being fun. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 26 Sep. 2022 That includes improved spatial awareness and positioning on offense and defense, better footwork and hands. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Sep. 2022 The honors are sponsored by spatial styling company ASH Staging and the real estate social app REAL Messenger. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Sep. 2022 Rosedale, who went on to found the spatial audio company High Fidelity, recently returned to Linden Lab as a strategic advisor as the company looks to leverage its early claim on virtual existence. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin spatium space

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spatial was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Spatial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spatial. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

spatial

adjective

spa·​tial ˈspā-shəl How to pronounce spatial (audio)
: of or relating to space
spatially adverb

Medical Definition

spatial

adjective

spa·​tial ˈspā-shəl How to pronounce spatial (audio)
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
spatially adverb

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