space

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noun

often attributive
1
: a period of time
also : its duration
2
a
: a limited extent in one, two, or three dimensions : distance, area, volume
b
: an extent set apart or available
parking space
floor space
c
: the distance from other people or things that a person needs in order to remain comfortable
invading my personal space
3
: one of the degrees between or above or below the lines of a musical staff compare line
4
a
: a boundless three-dimensional extent in which objects and events occur and have relative position and direction
infinite space and time
b
: physical space independent of what occupies it

called also absolute space

5
: the region beyond the earth's atmosphere or beyond the solar system
6
a
: a blank area separating words or lines
b
: material used to produce such blank area
especially : a piece of type less than one en in width
7
: a set of mathematical elements and especially of abstractions of all the points on a line, in a plane, or in physical space
especially : a set of mathematical entities with a set of axioms of geometric character compare metric space, topological space, vector space
8
a
: linage
b
: broadcast time available especially to advertisers
9
: accommodations on a public vehicle
10
a
: the opportunity to assert or experience one's identity or needs freely
b
: an opportunity for privacy or time to oneself

space

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verb

spaced; spacing

transitive verb

: to place at intervals or arrange with space between
Evenly space 16 tablespoons of shredded cheese on the baking sheet …The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
often used with out
Space out the work you plan to do … Don't try to crowd too much into each day.Darlene Polachic

intransitive verb

1
: to leave one or more blank spaces (as in a line of typing)
2
informal : to fail to remember something : forget
… I totally forgot to write last week. I had planned to do it, I had it all figured out, and I spaced.Steve "Nookie" Postal
often used with on
If your mom doesn't live close by, or if you totally spaced on getting her a Mother's Day gift this year, then flowers or chocolates are a great, last-minute gift idea that are sure to brighten her day.Leah Stodart
see also space out

Examples of space in a Sentence

Noun There's still some space for a bookshelf. the space behind the couch Is there space in the cabinet for these dishes? There's not much empty space. He moved the books to create more space on his desk. Those old boxes take up a lot of space. The magazine devotes a lot of space to advertising. She has a space between her front teeth. There isn't much space between our houses. the wide open spaces of the western U.S. Verb Space the seedlings about six inches apart. He spaces his albums so that he puts one out every two to three years. They spaced the births of their three children two years apart. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The result will be a more temperate climate, as well as a thickened carbon dioxide atmosphere to supply pressure and greatly reduce the space radiation dose, Zubrin writes. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 Here, Chalamet does a fine job playing a curious and moody son to a space traveler on a mission to save humanity from a raging famine. EW.com, 18 Feb. 2024 So, there could be space for Jones to make an impact even if Elliott returns. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 18 Feb. 2024 Mara stars as astronaut Sam Walker, whose return from her first space mission goes awry, but she’s found alive in a punctured capsule floating in the Atlantic Ocean. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 17 Feb. 2024 Experts say this could be used for drinking water or for fuel as humanity pushes the boundaries of space exploration in the future. Junko Ogura, CNN, 17 Feb. 2024 The 232 rooms and suites have retained their classical style, but the public spaces — the lobby and the spa — now sport a fresh, contemporary look. Laura Itzkowitz, Travel + Leisure, 17 Feb. 2024 Inspired by the classic European dessert known for its distinctive donut-like shape, these wax candles look just like the baked goods and add a touch of warmth to any space. Tim Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2024 Foti is also currently leading the non-profit’s search for new office space in Nashville, Tennessee, to accommodate the organization’s growth. Marc Schneider, Billboard, 16 Feb. 2024
Verb
Place each rolls, evenly spaced, on prepared baking sheet. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 13 Feb. 2024 Jordan Taylor spaced the floor and scored 14 points while making four 3-pointers. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024 Triadic colors Triadic colors involve selecting three hues evenly spaced around the color wheel, forming an equilateral triangle. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 21 Jan. 2024 While picks are spaced five minutes apart in the first round, there is only a two-minute window for teams to announce second-round picks, a portion of the draft that often does not end until after midnight. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 12 Jan. 2024 That’s toughness, that’s defense, that’s unselfishness and attention to the details, spacing for each other offensively, communication defensively. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 4 Jan. 2024 Cut five 3-ft. pieces of paracord, knot one end of each; attach with an adhesive dot to underside of umbrella, spacing them out among the ribbons. Amanda Kingloff, Parents, 2 Feb. 2024 Related Articles Back on the mat: Wrestling returns to East Bay high school after 40-year absence Robin Parmelee spaced the floor for Miramonte and hit four 3-pointers while scoring 14 points. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 The box at the left has very regular spacing between all its points, and in the middle image, the dots seem to be clustering in groups. Christopher Lutsko, Scientific American, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French espace, space, from Latin spatium area, room, interval of space or time

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of space was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Space.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/space. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

space

1 of 2 noun
1
: a period of time
2
a
: a limited extent in one, two, or three dimensions : distance, area, volume
b
: an area set apart or available
parking space
floor space
3
: the limitless three-dimensional extent in which all things exist and move
4
: the region beyond the earth's atmosphere
5
: a blank area separating words or lines
6
: an available seat on a public vehicle

space

2 of 2 verb
spaced; spacing
: to place with space between
space out the chairs one foot apart

Medical Definition

space

noun
1
: a period of time
also : its duration
2
: a limited extent in one, two, or three dimensions
3
: a particular area or cavity within the body

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