spatial

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

spacial

Definition of spatial

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

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

spatiality

play \ˌspā-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ or less commonly

spaciality

noun

spatially

play \ˈspā-sh(ə-)lē\ or less commonly

spacially

adverb

Examples of spatial in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. the spatial dimensions of a room

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Origin and Etymology of spatial

Latin spatium space


SPATIAL Defined for English Language Learners

spatial

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adjective

Definition of spatial for English Language Learners

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


SPATIAL Defined for Kids

spatial

play
adjective spa·tial \ˈspā-shəl\

Definition of spatial for Students

  1. :  of or relating to space


Medical Dictionary

spatial

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adjective spa·tial \ˈspā-shəl\

Medical Definition of spatial

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

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

spatially

\ˈspāsh-(ə-)lē\play adverb


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