white space


Definition of white space

: the areas of a page without print or pictures

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Take a cue from the world’s top museums and create white spaces for a visual break. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Simplicity of White," 1 May 2019 In photos, this creates a lot of white space and appears heavy. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "The 7 Best Eye Makeup Tips for Mature Skin," 13 Mar. 2019 Minimize the white space, and you minimize the expectation—but not the possibility. Rachel Z. Arndt, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Ditch Microsoft Word for NotePad," 8 Mar. 2019 The app now looks a lot more like Hinge or Facebook’s new dating feature, with its white space and minimal features. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Coffee Meets Bagel redesigns its app and introduces profile commenting," 11 Dec. 2018 While white people usually avoid black space, black people are required to navigate the white space as a condition of their existence. Elijah Anderson, Vox, "The sociology of living while black," 10 Aug. 2018 Getty Images/Panoramic Images The mall never celebrates Christmas directly, only the white space around it. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "The bleak hope of the day-after-Christmas sale," 27 Dec. 2018 But in the mad scramble to make and sell SUVs of all shapes and sizes, the sleepy old station wagon started to look like strategic white space. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019 Nor has the Triforium been converted into an anonymous white space. Richard Cork, WSJ, "A New Perspective on Westminster Abbey," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of white space

1946, in the meaning defined above

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