subspace

noun

sub·​space ˈsəb-ˌspās How to pronounce subspace (audio)
: a subset of a space
especially : one that has the essential properties (such as those of a vector space or topological space) of the including space

Examples of subspace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The crew of the U.S.S Enterprise encounter a naturally-occurring subspace fold that Spock (Ethan Peck) hopes can help revolutionize their own subspace communications. Nick Romano, EW.com, 3 Aug. 2023 Scott has a really convenient subspace highway running through his head. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Nov. 2023 The subspace design problem deals with n-dimensional vector spaces and their subspaces. Anil Ananthaswamy, Quanta Magazine, 13 Apr. 2023 Imagine a cake where the yeast—in this case the subspace quantum objects—is not so important until a critical temperature—in this case the volume of the universe—is reached, whereafter conditions are just right to kick it into action, causing a rapid expansion. Conor Purcell, Scientific American, 28 Oct. 2021 There are side quests, shared stories, and an entire sailing subspace with shipwrecks, optional bosses, and unique dungeons only accessible by sea, and in terms of lore, the writers never make compromises. Joshua Khan, Rolling Stone, 20 Feb. 2023 Oriti explains that the model's acceleration of the expansion of the universe, during the stage corresponding to today, is caused by interactions between the subspace quantum objects that make up gravity in the theory. Conor Purcell, Scientific American, 28 Oct. 2021 Some causal chain of events (perhaps subspace quantum gravity mass-energy fluctuations) must have caused this particular choice of location in this particular instance. Quanta Magazine, 27 Sep. 2019 Twarock applied this concept by importing symmetry from a higher-dimensional space — in this case, from a lattice in six dimensions — into a three-dimensional subspace. Quanta Magazine, 19 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subspace was in 1907

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“Subspace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subspace. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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