Definition of Space by Merriam-Webster

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ˈspās How to pronounce space (audio)

1 : a period of time also : its duration

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

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

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 outSpace 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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