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

Example Sentences

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 towers have been a star attraction since the space opened in 2004. Jay Cheshes, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2022 The space is historical and classy, not to mention central for our guests traveling from out of town. Jane Morice | Jmorice@cleveland.com, cleveland, 16 Nov. 2022 Despite the modest space, Bruce’s Beach was the subject of numerous complaints from local white people. Imani Perry, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Nov. 2022 Make the space around your fireplace cozier with these faux fur stockings. Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 16 Nov. 2022 The attention to design on the pocket space is what sold us on this apron. John Thompson, Men's Health, 16 Nov. 2022 Lucid would be wise to get the Gravity into production quickly, as a growing number of rivals—such as the Audi Q8 e-tron, the Cadillac Lyriq, the Jaguar I-Pace, and the Tesla Model X—are already staking claims to the luxury-EV SUV space. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 16 Nov. 2022 The end of your film sees an undoing or collapsing of what are very Western conceptions of time and space. Sarah-tai Black, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 Ideas move across time and space, sometimes in unexpected ways. Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic, 14 Nov. 2022
Verb
The world powers were grappling for prestige on the global stage, using the technological feat of going to space as a measuring stick. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2022 Bezos has credited his own journey to space for helping to inspire his push to fight climate change. Brian Fung, CNN, 14 Nov. 2022 For this mission, the Falcon was carrying satellites to space on a secret mission dubbed the USSF-44 for the US military’s Space Systems Command’s Innovation and Prototyping Delta. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 4 Nov. 2022 More people have been to space than have driven the Wienermobile, Carmel notes in the story. Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2022 Katy Perry, for example, once bought ex-husband Russell Brand a $200,000 ticket to space for his birthday. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2022 Finally, on March 26, the Falcon 1 heads to space with an Air Force Academy payload on board. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, 25 Oct. 2022 The Soviet Union was the first to send a human being to space, decades ago, and its early accomplishments are a distinct point of national pride. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2022 The massive rocket is hauling satellites to space for the US military in a secretive mission dubbed USSF-44. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 2 Nov. 2022 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

Dictionary Entries Near space

Cite this Entry

“Space.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/space. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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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