white space


Definition of white space

: the areas of a page without print or pictures

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Bernhardt, dressed in the style of Byzantine nobility, was flanked by white spaces, as though she had stepped out of the ether. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How Posters Became Art," 1 July 2019 Bella Hadid is standing in an all-white space wearing nothing but a pair of black bike shoes, tonal crewneck T-shirt, and sneakers, all by Calvin Klein. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Makes Out with Lil Miquela in Calvin Klein Campaign," 16 May 2019 There is a tacit tradition of interracial coupling that begins with black performers having to enter white spaces and endure, from Sammy Davis Jr. to Jack Johnson to Billie Holiday and Orson Welles. Harmonyholiday, Longreads, "Mama Looks for Melanin," 6 June 2019 Instead of finding his own path, Big fell victim to a world that forces young black people to fulfill social roles that are most convenient for those around them for the sake of success in white spaces, as opposed to being their truest selves. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, ""Native Son" Reflects a World Where Young Black Men Are Often Set Up to Fail," 16 Apr. 2019 The incident sparked protests around the country and passionate conversations around the dangers for black people in white spaces, as well as the dangers of escalating innocuous incidents with police presence. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Black Men Arrested in Philly Starbucks Settle With City for $1 and City Pledge of $200,000 for Young Entrepreneurs, Settle With Starbucks for Undisclosed Amount," 2 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of white space

1946, in the meaning defined above

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