noun, often attributive
\ ˈspās How to pronounce space (audio) \

Definition of space

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a period of time also : its duration
2a : 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
4a : 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
6a : 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
8a : linage
b : broadcast time available especially to advertisers
9 : accommodations on a public vehicle
10a : the opportunity to assert or experience one's identity or needs freely
b : an opportunity for privacy or time to oneself


spaced; spacing

Definition of space (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for space

Synonyms: Noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Crowe gave an example of one of their portfolio companies in the healthcare space, Wellsheet, which uses machine learning to help doctors predict patient outcomes, having a successful partnership with RWJBarnabas Health, one of the firm’s LPs. Rebecca Szkutak, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Founded in 2012, The British Blacklist is an online platform that champions Black creatives in the entertainment space and has played a key role in elevating new, young and established talent through editorial coverage, events and partnerships. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 The video pieces will be projected in the Not an Exit gallery space inside Bread & Salt. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2021 That’s a language Beijing understands, but only if the free world unites to set global rules on everything from trade to artificial intelligence to space. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2021 In July Bezos himself took the company's official inaugural trip to space alongside his brother and two other people. NBC News, 10 Oct. 2021 The business is expected to open in the bricks-and-mortar space at the end of this month. Mike Nolan,, 10 Oct. 2021 The exhibitions need to be sized to the space, though. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 9 Oct. 2021 The exhibition features work from leading artists in the space including Chad Knight, Tillavision, Karson Daily, and Brendan North. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 9 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 90-year-old is going to space on a Blue Origin flight. Rachael Scott, CNN, 8 Oct. 2021 But 55 years after donning the uniform of a USS Enterprise officer, the actor is going to space in real life on a Blue Origin spacecraft. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 5 Oct. 2021 Unlike the Enterprise’s five-year mission, Shatner’s trip will carry him to space for just a few minutes. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Bezos launched to space successfully on July 20 with three other passengers, nine days after Branson beat him there in Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane. Kimberlee Speakman, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 This isn’t the first time an NFT has been to space. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 17 Sep. 2021 Of its many windows is one dedicated to the country's journey to space — with a 7.18-gram piece of moon rock donated by the crew of Apollo 11. Li Cohen, CBS News, 24 Sep. 2021 The once-wet world did not lose all of its water to space. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 21 Sep. 2021 Inspiration4, as the tourism mission that concluded Saturday was called, was far from the first time people who don't list astronaut as their day job have been to space. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of space


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for space


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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of space

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the amount of an area, room, surface, etc., that is empty or available for use
: an area that is used or available for a specific purpose
: an empty area between things



English Language Learners Definition of space (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place or arrange (things) so that there is a particular amount of space between them
: to separate (things) by particular periods of time


\ ˈspās How to pronounce space (audio) \

Kids Definition of space

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a part of a distance, area, or volume that can be measured a grassy open space
2 : a certain place set apart or available a parking space There's still some space in the cupboard.
3 : the area without limits in which all things exist and move endless space and time
4 : a period of time The phone rang five times within the space of 15 minutes.
5 : the region beyond the earth's atmosphere
6 : an empty place Sit in the space between us.


spaced; spacing

Kids Definition of space (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place or separate with some distance or time between Space the posts about six feet apart.


\ ˈspās How to pronounce space (audio) \

Medical Definition of space

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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