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

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 Seventy miles to the east, the North Tahoe Fire Protection District applied for a grant in 2010 to clear space near homes, but FEMA review requirements delayed the project for eight years. Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2021 But here’s the thing: Not every Angeleno has access to nearby park space. Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2021 For investors new to the space, the myriad of coins can be daunting. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 13 Nov. 2021 Sullivan said she wasn’t thrilled with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ recent trip to space with his other company, Blue Origin. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 Glen de Vries, an entrepreneur who flew to space last month on Jeff Bezos‘ Blue Origin flight along with actor William Shatner, died in a plane crash on Thursday. Talal Ansari, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2021 The voyage was Blue Origin’s second human flight to space. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Glen de Vries, the pilot who flew to space with William Shatner last month, was killed in a small plane crash Thursday afternoon in New Jersey. Mina Kaji, ABC News, 12 Nov. 2021 Today, one only needs to think of Jeff Bezos in a cowboy hat disembarking from his first flight to space to appreciate the myriad associations between frontiers and the tech sector. Lisa Messeri, Wired, 12 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Blue Origin shared the details of Shatner's journey to space in a press release. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2021 This blocked the path to space for many with disabilities, overlooking arguments that disabled people could make excellent astronauts in some cases. New York Times, 22 Oct. 2021 Some school alumni have flown to space while others helped explore it from the ground, however, one alumni holds a record for falling from the edge of it. Rich Pope,, 22 Oct. 2021 AstroAccess also hopes to eventually fly one or more of their team members to space in coming years. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, 20 Oct. 2021 Yulia Peresild, the actress, and Klim Shipenko, a film director, launched to space with a Russian astronaut on Oct. 5 aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft., 17 Oct. 2021 This comes after William Shatner of Star Trek fame flew out to space on a trip facilitated by Amazon founder Bezos. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 15 Oct. 2021 Shatner launched to space alongside Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's vice president of mission and flight operations; Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet Labs; and Glen de Vries, co-founder of Medidata Solutions. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 14 Oct. 2021 Captain Kirk is heading to space on his real-life star trek. Editors, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 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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“Space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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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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