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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
space /speɪs/USA pronunciation
n., v., spaced, spac•ing, adj. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Physics the three-dimensional area in which material objects are located:[uncountable]Events happen in time and space.
- extent or area or a particular extent of surface, such as a distance measured in a line between objects: [uncountable]We need more space to set up our equipment.[countable]wide spaces between the teeth.
- Astronomy the place beyond the earth's atmosphere, where planets, stars, and galaxies are found;
outer space:[uncountable]the future exploration of space.
- a place available for a particular purpose:[countable]We drove around the block looking for a parking space.
- an area in which a person can sit, or a seat or room on a train, airplane, etc.: [uncountable]I saved space for us; come and sit here.[countable]I saved a space for us; sit here.
- extent, or a particular extent, of time:[countable; usually singular]Can we finish eating and be out of here in a space of two hours?
- a blank area in text: [countable]Skip two spaces between each line of your writing.[uncountable]Leave plenty of space at the margin.
- Show Business[uncountable] an area or a time set aside for a specific use, such as advertising in a publication or on television.
- freedom or opportunity to express oneself, fulfill one's needs, etc.:[uncountable]Children need support, but they also need their space.
adj. [before a noun]
- to set (items) some distance apart from each other: [~ (+ out) + object]Space (out) the desks evenly.[~ + object (+ out)]to space the desks (out) so the students can't look at each other's papers.
- space out, [no object] to become passively absorbed;
stop paying attention or participating:spacing out in front of the TV.
- Astronomyof, relating to, or suitable for use in outer space or deep space.
(spās),USA pronunciation n., v., spaced, spac•ing, adj. n.
- Physicsthe unlimited or incalculably great three-dimensional realm or expanse in which all material objects are located and all events occur.
- Physicsthe portion or extent of this in a given instance;
extent or room in three dimensions:the space occupied by a body.
- extent or area in two dimensions;
a particular extent of surface:to fill out blank spaces in a document.
- Fine Art
- the designed and structured surface of a picture:In Mondrian's later work he organized space in highly complex rhythms.
- the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface.
- AstronomySee outer space.
- AstronomySee deep space.
- a seat, berth, or room on a train, airplane, etc.
- a place available for a particular purpose:a parking space.
- linear distance;
a particular distance:trees separated by equal spaces.
- Mathematicsa system of objects with relations between the objects defined.
- extent, or a particular extent, of time:a space of two hours.
- an interval of time;
a while:After a space he continued his story.
- an area or interval allowed for or taken by advertising, as in a periodical, on the radio, etc.
- Music and Dancethe interval between two adjacent lines of the staff.
- an interval or blank area in text:a space between the letters.
- Printingone of the blank pieces of metal, less than type-high, used to separate words, sentences, etc.
- Telecommunicationsan interval during the transmitting of a message when the key is not in contact.
- Show Businessradio or television broadcast time allowed or available for a program, advertisement, etc.
- freedom or opportunity to express oneself, resolve a personal difficulty, be alone, etc.;
allowance, understanding, or noninterference:Right now, you can help by giving me some space.
- to fix the space or spaces of;
divide into spaces.
- to set some distance apart.
- Printingto separate (words, letters, or lines) by spaces.
- Printingto extend by inserting more space or spaces (usually fol. by out).
- Astronomyof, pertaining to, or concerned with outer space or deep space:a space mission.
- Astronomydesigned for or suitable to use in the exploration of outer space or deep space:space tools; specially packaged space food for astronauts.
- Latin spatium
- Old French espace
- Middle English (noun, nominal) 1250–1300
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
space /speɪs/ n
- the unlimited three-dimensional expanse in which all material objects are located
Related adjective(s): spatial
- an interval of distance or time between two points, objects, or events
- a blank portion or area
- unoccupied area or room: there is no space for a table
- (in combination): space-saving
Related adjective(s): spacious
- the region beyond the earth's atmosphere containing the other planets of the solar system, stars, galaxies, etc; universe
- (as modifier): a space probe, space navigation
- a seat or place, as on a train, aircraft, etc
- a piece of metal, less than type-high, used to separate letters or words in hot-metal printing
- any of the gaps between the lines that make up the staff
- Also called: spacing the period of time that separates complete letters, digits, and other characters in Morse code
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French espace, from Latin spatium
- to place or arrange at intervals or with spaces between
- to divide into or by spaces: to space one's time evenly
- to separate (letters, words, or lines) by the insertion of spaces