definition of space by The Free Dictionary




a. Mathematics A set of elements or points satisfying specified geometric postulates: non-Euclidean space.

b. The infinite extension of the three-dimensional region in which all matter exists.


a. The expanse in which the solar system, stars, and galaxies exist; the universe.

b. The region of this expanse beyond Earth’s atmosphere.


a. An extent or expanse of a surface or three-dimensional area: Water covered a large space at the end of the valley.

b. A blank or empty area: the spaces between words.

c. An area provided for a particular purpose: a parking space.

4. Reserved or available accommodation on a public transportation vehicle.


a. A period or interval of time: within the space of a week.

b. A little while: Let’s rest for a space.

6. Sufficient freedom from external pressure to develop or explore one’s needs, interests, and individuality: “The need for personal space inevitably asserts itself” (Maggie Scarf).

7. Music One of the intervals between the lines of a staff.

8. Printing One of the blank pieces of type or other means used for separating words or characters.

9. One of the intervals during the telegraphic transmission of a message when the key is open or not in contact.

10. Blank sections in printed material or broadcast time available for use by advertisers.

v. spaced, spac·ing, spac·es

1. To organize or arrange with spaces between: Carefully space the words on the poster.

2. To separate or keep apart: The buildings are spaced far from each other.

3. Slang To stupefy or disorient. Often used with out: The antihistamine spaces me out so I can’t think clearly.

v.intr. Slang

To be or become stupefied or disoriented. Often used with out: I was supposed to meet her, but I spaced out and forgot.

[Middle English, area, from Old French espace, from Latin spatium.]

spac′er n.


(speɪs) n

1. the unlimited three-dimensional expanse in which all material objects are located.

2. an interval of distance or time between two points, objects, or events

3. a blank portion or area


a. unoccupied area or room: there is no space for a table.

b. (in combination): space-saving. spacious

5. (Psychology) freedom to do what a person wishes to for his or her own personal development



a. the region beyond the earth’s atmosphere containing the other planets of the solar system, stars, galaxies, etc; universe

b. (as modifier): a space probe; space navigation.



a. the region beyond the earth’s atmosphere occurring between the celestial bodies of the universe. The density is normally negligible although cosmic rays, meteorites, gas clouds, etc, can occur. It can be divided into cislunar space (between the earth and moon), interplanetary space, interstellar space, and intergalactic space

b. (as modifier): a space station; a space simulator.

8. a seat or place, as on a train, aircraft, etc

9. printing

a. a piece of metal, less than type-high, used to separate letters or words in hot-metal printing

b. any of the gaps used to separate letters, words, or lines in photocomposition, desktop publishing, etc

10. (Classical Music) music any of the gaps between the lines that make up the staff

11. (Mathematics) maths a collection of unspecified points having properties that obey a specified set of axioms: Euclidean space.

12. (Telecommunications) telegraphy Also called: spacing the period of time that separates complete letters, digits, and other characters in Morse code





13. to place or arrange at intervals or with spaces between

14. to divide into or by spaces: to space one’s time evenly.

15. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing to separate (letters, words, or lines) by the insertion of spaces

[C13: from Old French espace, from Latin spatium]



n., v. spaced, spac•ing,
adj. n.

1. the unlimited three- dimensional realm or expanse in which all material objects are located and all events occur.

2. the portion or extent of this in a given instance.

3. extent or area in two dimensions; a particular extent of surface.

5. a place available for a particular purpose: a parking space.

6. a seat, berth, or room on a train, airplane, etc.

7. linear distance, as between objects.


a. the designed and structured surface of a picture.

b. the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface.

9. a set of points or mathematical elements that fulfills certain prescribed conditions: Euclidean space; vector space.

10. extent, or a particular extent, of time: a space of two hours.

11. an interval of time; a while.

12. an interval or blank area in text.

13. an interval or blank area the width of one typed character.

14. an area or time period allotted or available for a specific use, as advertising, in a publication or broadcasting medium.

15. the interval between two adjacent lines of the musical staff.

16. one of the blank pieces of metal, less than type-high, used in printing to separate words, sentences, etc.

17. an interval during the transmitting of a telegraphic message when the key is not in contact.

18. freedom or opportunity to express oneself, fulfill one’s needs, have privacy, etc.


19. to fix the space or spaces of; divide into spaces.

20. to set some distance apart.


a. to separate (words, letters, or lines) by spaces.

b. to extend by inserting more space or spaces (usu. fol. by out).

22. space out, to become abstracted, forgetful, or dreamily inattentive.


23. of, pertaining to, or suitable for use in outer space or deep space: space travel; a space vehicle.

[1250–1300; Middle English (n.) < Old French espace < Latin spatium]

spac′er, n.



1. A set of points that satisfies some set of geometric rules: a space of five dimensions.

2. The familiar three-dimensional region or field of everyday experience.


a. The expanse in which the solar system, stars, and galaxies exist; the universe.

b. The part of this expanse beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.


A medium like the land, sea, and air within which military activities shall be conducted to achieve US national securityobjectives.


Past participle: spaced
Gerund: spacing


The zone beyond the outer layer of the atmosphere.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

Noun 1. space - the unlimited expanse in which everything is locatedspace – the unlimited expanse in which everything is located; “they tested his ability to locate objects in space”; “the boundless regions of the infinite”attribute

– an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

phase space

– (physics) an ideal space in which the coordinate dimensions represent the variables that are required to describe a system or substance; “a multidimensional phase space”

mathematical space


topological space

– (mathematics) any set of points that satisfy a set of postulates of some kind; “assume that the topological space is finite dimensional”

outer space



– any location outside the Earth’s atmosphere; “the astronauts walked in outer space without a tether”; “the first major milestone in space exploration was in 1957, when the USSR’s Sputnik 1 orbited the Earth”


– the atmosphere and outer space considered as a whole

2. space – an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things); “the architect left space in front of the building”; “they stopped at an open space in the jungle”; “the space between his teeth”crenel



– a notch or open space between two merlons in a crenelated battlement

pleural space

– the small potential space between the parietal and visceral layers of the pleura

subarachnoid space

– a space in the meninges beneath the arachnoid membrane and above the pia mater that contains the cerebrospinal fluid


– a wide and open space or area as of surface or land or sky




– an open or empty space in or between things; “there was a small opening between the trees”; “the explosion made a gap in the wall”


– the space created by the swing of a scythe or the cut of a mowing machine


– the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians








– an empty area or space; “the huge desert voids”; “the emptiness of outer space”; “without their support he’ll be ruling in a vacuum”


– an unoccupied space


– (bowling) the space between the headpin and the pins behind it on the right or left; “the ball hit the pocket and gave him a perfect strike”

3. space – an area reserved for some particular purpose; “the laboratory’s floor space”area



– a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); “it was a mountainous area”; “Bible country”

crawl space



– low space beneath a floor of a building; gives workers access to wiring or plumbing


– (theater) the space over the stage (out of view of the audience) used to store scenery (drop curtains)




– (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court; “he hit a jump shot from the top of the key”; “he dominates play in the paint”


– the space where a division or parting occurs; “he hid in the separation between walls”




– a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane); “he booked their seats in advance”; “he sat in someone else’s place”


– level space where heavy guns can be mounted behind the parapet at the top of a rampart


– space allocated for your work (as in an office)

4. space - any location outside the Earth's atmospherespace – any location outside the Earth’s atmosphere; “the astronauts walked in outer space without a tether”; “the first major milestone in space exploration was in 1957, when the USSR’s Sputnik 1 orbited the Earth”infinite



– the unlimited expanse in which everything is located; “they tested his ability to locate objects in space”; “the boundless regions of the infinite”

intergalactic space

– the space between galaxies; “the Milky Way travels through intergalactic space”

deep space

– any region in space outside the solar system


– the atmosphere and outer space considered as a whole

5. space - a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printingspace – a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing; “he said the space is the most important character in the alphabet”
6. space – the interval between two times; “the distance from birth to death”; “it all happened in the space of 10 minutes”
7. space - a blank areaspace – a blank area; “write your name in the space provided”surface area





– the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary; “the area of a rectangle”; “it was about 500 square feet in area”


– the blank space that surrounds the text on a page; “he jotted a note in the margin”


– a printed document with spaces in which to write; “he filled out his tax form”

8. space – one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff; “the spaces are the notes F-A-C-E”surface area





– the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary; “the area of a rectangle”; “it was about 500 square feet in area”




– (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written

9. space – (printing) a block of type without a raised letter; used for spacing between words or sentenceshair space

– (printing) the narrowest of the spaces used to separate words or letters


– a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end; produces a printed character when inked and pressed on paper; “he dropped a case of type, so they made him pick them up”

Verb 1. space – place at intervals; “Space the interviews so that you have some time between the different candidates”lay











– put into a certain place or abstract location; “Put your things here”; “Set the tray down”; “Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children”; “Place emphasis on a certain point”


noun1. room, volume, capacity, extent, margin, extension, scope, play, expanse, leeway, amplitude, spaciousness, elbowroom The furniture proved impractical because it took up too much something or someone out place, set, position, order, stand, station, settle, arrange, locate, deploy, array, dispose Space them out so that they don’t overlap at any point.



An extent, measured or unmeasured, of linear space:


A wide and open area, as of land, sky, or water:


A rather short period:


حَيِّز، فراغ، مكانفضاءفَضاءفَضَاءمُتَّسَع

prostorvesmírmezeramístomimozemský prostor






geimurrúm, plássrúm, rÿmisetja/raîa niîur meî bili á milli



erdvėlaiviserdviaierdvumasišdėstyti tarpaiskosminis laivas

izveidot ar atstarpēmkosmiskā telpakosmosstelpavieta


mimozemský priestor




không giankhông trungvũ trụchỗkhoảng


[speɪs]A. N5.



) (=

personal space

) →

espacio mB. VT2. to be spaced out


on drugs

) →

estar colocado

; (=


) →

estar ajumado


[ˈspeɪs] n


length of time

) in the space of →

en l’espace de

It happened three times in the space of five months →

C’est arrivé trois fois en l’espace de 5 mois.

in the space of an hour →

en l’espace d’une heure

in a short space of time →

en l’espace de peu de temps modif


agency, centre, capsule, exploration, research, mission, programme, satellite, technology, tourism, tourist, vehicle

] →

spatial(e) vt


also space out

) →


well spaced out →

bien espacé(e)

space age


the space age →

l’ère f spatiale


[ˈspeɪseɪdʒ] adj


space bar

n (on keyboard)

barre f d’espacement




= piece of metal

, between words) →

Spatienkeil m

; (between lines) →

Reglette f


in cpds




adj attr → des Raumzeitalters

space blanket

n → Rettungsdecke f, → (Alu)isoliermatte f

space-borne adj



space satellite

Weltraumsatellit m space carrier

n → Raumtransporter m

space character n

(Comput, Typ) →

Leerzeichen nt

, →

Zwischenraumzeichen nt



space fiction n

Zukunftsromane pl

über den Weltraum space helmet

n → Astronautenhelm m

Space Invaders®

n sing → Space Invaders pl

space module

n → Weltraummodul nt


n → Raumflugzentrum nt

space programme

, (US)

space program



space scientist

n → Raumforscher(in) m(f)

space sickness

n → Weltraumkrankheit f

space-time (continuum)

n → Raum-Zeit-Kontinuum nt

space writer n

(Press) →

Korrespondent(in) m(f)

(der/die nach der Länge seiner/ihrer Artikel bezahlt wird)


[speɪs]3. adj


research, capsule, probe

) →



(speis) noun1.

a gap; an empty or uncovered place.

I couldn’t find a space for my car. spasie حَيِّز، فراغ، مكان празно място lugar místo; mezera der Raum plads χώροςespacio, hueco tühi koht, tühik فاصله tila placeרווח खाली जगह, खुला स्थान površina, praznina hely; tér ruangan rúm, pláss spazio, posto 空間 틈 vieta vieta tempat plaatsplassmiejsce فاصله lugar loc место miesto; medzera prostor prostor utrymme, plats, tomrum ที่ว่าง yer 空地,空位,間隔 місце; площа خلا، خالی جگہ khoảng trống, khoảng cách 空地,空格,间隔,空白处 2.

room; the absence of objects; the area available for use.

Have you enough space to turn round?; Is there space for one more? spasie, ruimte مُتَّسَع пространство espaço prostor; vůle der Raum plads χώροςespacio, sitio, lugar ruum فضا؛ مكان tila placeמקום कमरा mjesto, prostor hely ruang rúm, rÿmi spazio 余地 공간 vieta vieta; telpa ruang ruimterommiejsce ځای espaço spaţiu место; пространство priestor; miesto prostor mesto utrymme, plats ที่ว่าง yer 空間 місце, сидіння جہاں کوئی چیز واقع نہ ہو khoảng, chỗ 空间,处所,场地 3.


often outer space

) the region outside the Earth’s atmosphere, in which all stars and other planets


are situated.

travellers through space. ruimte فَضاء космос espaço mimozemský prostor der Weltraum rummet διάστημαespacio kosmos فضا avaruus espaceחלל आकाश, अंतरिक्ष međuplanetarni prostor, svemir (világ)űr ruang angkasa geimur spazio 宇宙 우주 erdvė, kosmosas kosmoss; kosmiskā telpa angkasa ruimteverdensrommet przestrzeń kosmiczna ځای espaço spaţiu космос mimozemský priestor vesolje svemir [yttre] rymden อวกาศ uzay 太空 космос, космічний простір فلکی خلا không gian vũ trụ 太空 verb


also space out

) to set (things) apart from one another.

He spaced the rows of potatoes half a metre apart. spasieer يُباعِد، يُوَسِّع ما بَيْن оставям място espaçar rozmístit mit Zwischenräumenanordnen anbringe med mellemrum αραιώνωespaciar jaotama, ruumi jätma فاصله دادن jaksottaa espacer לְרַווֵחַ अंतर पर रखना, बीच में स्थान छोड़ना razmaknuto poredati, ostaviti razmak elhelyez (térközökkel) memberi jarak setja/raða niður með bili á milli spaziare distanziare 隔てる (물건을) 간격을 두고 배치하다 išdėstyti tarpais, palikti tarpus izveidot ar atstarpēm menjarak-jarakkan uiteenplaatsen plassere med mellomrom, spre rozstawiać, rozsadzać فاصله ورکول espaçar a spaţia оставлять промежутки rozmiestniť razmakniti razdvojiti ordna med mellanrum, placera ut เว้นระยะ arasında mesafe bırakmak 隔開 залишати проміжки, розставляти з проміжками چیزوں کو مناسب وقفوں کے ساتھ رکھنا رکھنا đặt cách nhau 把…分隔开ˈspacing noun

the amount of distance left between objects, words


when they are set or laid out.

spasiëring مَسافَه، فُسْحَه، مُباعَدَه интервал espaçamento vzdálenost der Zwischenraum afstand απόσταση, διάστημα espaciamiento, espaciado vahe(maa) väli espacementרווח अंतराल prored, razmaknut tisak térköz(hagyás) jarak bil spaziatura, interlinea 間隔 간격 išdėstymas atstarpe; retinājums langkau` tussenruimtemellomrom, avstandspacjowanie مسافه، واټن espaçejamento spaţiere промежуток vzdialenosť razmik razmak mellanrum, mellanslag, radavstånd การเว้นวรรค aralık 間隔 відстань, інтервал چیزوں کے درمیان فاصلہ رکھنا khoảng cách chừa lại giữa những vật 间隔spacious (ˈspeiʃəs) adjectiveˈspaciously adverb ruim بصورةٍ واسِعَه أو فَسيحَه просторно espaçosamente rozsáhle geräumig rummeligt ευρύχωρα ampliamente avaralt tilavasti amplement בְּצוּרָה מְרוּוַחַת आकाशीय, स्थानिक prostrano tágasan secara luas ríflega ampiamente 広々と 넓게 erdviai, plačiai plaši; ietilpīgi dengan luas ruimvidt, rommelig przestronnie په وسعت سره amplamente spaţios просторно rozsiahlo prostorno prostrano rymligt อย่างกว้างขวาง geniş şekilde 廣闊地 широко, просторо فراخی سے rộng rãi, có nhiều chỗ 广阔地ˈspaciousness noun ruimheid إتِّساع обширност amplitude rozlehlost die Geräumigkeit rummelighed ευρυχωρία, άνεση χώρου amplitud avarus tilavuus grandes dimensions (de) מרחב लम्बा-चौड़ापन prostranost, širina tágasság keluasan víðátta; víðfeðmi spaziosità 広さ 공간이 넓음 erdvumas plašums; telpiskums keluasan ruimheidrommelighet przestronność وسيع amplitude spaţialitate; vastitate простор rozľahlosť prostornost prostranost rymlighet ความกว้างขวาง genişlik 廣大 просторність, місткість وسعت sự rộng rãi 广大ˈspace-age adjective

extremely up-to-date and advanced.

space-age technology. ruimte-eeu حَديث جِدا، من عَصْر الفَضاء съвремен era espacial kosmický věk das Weltraumzeitalter rumalder; rumalder- υπερσύγχρονος era espacial kosmoseajastuline, ülimoodne avaruusajan de l’ère spatiale עִידָן הַחָלָל अन्तरिक्ष युग ultrasuvremen, iz 21. stoljeća az űrhajózás kora maju geimöld dell’era spaziale 宇宙時代 최신의, 우주시대의 kosmoso amžius kosmiskā laikmeta-; supermoderns zaman angkasa lepas uit het tijdperk van de ruimtevaart romalders-, høyteknologisk era kosmiczna پر مخ تللى era espacial din era spa­ţială соответствующий космическому веку kozmický vek hipermoderen veoma moderan rymdålders- ันสมัย; ล้ำหน้า uzay çağı 極先進的,最先進的 космічна ера خلائی دور جب کہ خلائی تحقیق ممکن ہو rất hiện đại , rất tiên tiến 非常现代化的,最先进的 ˈspacecraft noun

a vehicle


, manned or unmanned, for travelling in space.

ruimtetuig سَفينَة فَضاء космически кораб nave espacial kosmická loď das Raumfahrzeug rumraket; rumskib διαστημικό σκάφος nave espacial kosmoseaparaat avaruusalus engin spatialחללית अन्तरिक्ष-यान svemirska letjelica űrhajó pesawat antariksa geimfar astronave, 宇宙船 우주비행체 erdvėlaivis, kosminis laivas kosmosa kuģis kapal angkasa lepas ruimtevaartuigromskipstatek kosmiczny هوايى ماشينونه nave espacial vehicul spa­ţial космический летательный аппарат kozmická loď vesoljska ladja svemirska letelica rymdfarkost ยานอวกาศ uzay aracı 太空船(有人或無人的) космічний корабель خلا میں اڑانے والی مشین یا خلائی گاڑی con tàu vũ trụ 宇宙飞船(有人或无人的) ˈspaceship nounˈspacesuit noun

a suit designed to be worn by a

ˈspaceman. ruimtepak بَدْلَة رجُل الفَضاء скафандър traje espacial kosmický skafandr der Raumanzug rumdragt διαστημική στολή traje espacial skafander avaruuspuku combinaison spatiale חֲלִיפַת חָלָל अन्तरिक्ष पोशाक svemirsko odijelo űrruha pakaian antariksa geimbúningur tuta spaziale 宇宙服 우주복 kosmonauto apranga kosmonauta ietērps/skafandrs sut angkasa lepas ruimtepakromdrakt skafander kosmiczny د فضانورد خاص كالى traje espacial costum de astronaut скафандр kozmický skafander vesoljska obleka svemirsko odelo rymddräkt ชุดอวกาศ uzay giysisi 太空服 скафандр خلا بازوں کے لیے تیار کیا جانے والا خصوصی لباس bộ quần áo vũ trụ 太空服,宇航服


فَضَاء prostor, vesmír rum, rummet Raum, Weltraum διάστημα, χώρος espacio avaruus, tila espace prostor, svemir spazio 宇宙, 空間 공간, 우주 ruimte rom, verdensrom kosmos, przestrzeń espaço космос, пространство rymd, utrymme ที่ว่าง, อวกาศ boşluk, uzay khoảng trống, không gian 太空, 空间


n. área, espacio, segmento, lugar.


n espacio; web — espacio entre los dedos


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