space (countable and uncountable, plural spaces)
- (heading) Of time.
- (now rare, archaic) Free time; leisure, opportunity. [from 14thc.]
- A specific (specified) period of time. [from 14thc.]
- 1893, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, Giles Corey
- I pray you, sirs, to take some cheers the while I go for a moment's space to my poor afflicted child.
- 2007, Andy Bull, The Guardian, 20 October:
- The match was lost, though, in the space of just twenty minutes or so.
2011 September 29, Jon Smith, “Tottenham 3-1 Shamrock Rovers”, in BBC Sport:
- But their lead lasted just 10 minutes before Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe both headed home in the space of two minutes to wrestle back control.
- An undefined period of time (without qualifier, especially a short period); a while. [from 15thc.]
- (heading) Unlimited or generalized physical extent.
- Distance between things. [from 14thc.]
- c.1607, William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra:
- But neere him, thy Angell / Becomes a feare: as being o're-powr'd, therefore / Make space enough betweene you.
- 2001, Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 3 November:
- Which means that for every car there was 10 years ago, there are now 40. Which means - and this is my own, not totally scientific, calculation - that the space between cars on the roads in 1991 was roughly 39 car lengths, because today there is no space at all.
- Physical extent across two or three dimensions; area, volume (sometimes for or to do something). [from 14thc.]
- 1601, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, First Folio 1623
- O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell, and / count my selfe a King of infinite space; were it not that / I haue bad dreames.
- 2007, Dominic Bradbury, The Guardian, 12 May:
- They also wanted a larger garden and more space for home working.
- Physical extent in all directions, seen as an attribute of the universe (now usually considered as a part of space-time), or a mathematical model of this. [from 17thc.]
- 1656, Thomas Hobbes, Elements of Philosophy, II
- Space is the Phantasme of a Thing existing without the Mind simply.
- 1880, Popular Science, August:
- These are not questions which can be decided by reference to our space intuitions, for our intuitions are confined to Euclidean space, and even there are insufficient, approximative.
- 2007, Anushka Asthana & David Smith, The Observer, 15 April:
- The early results from Gravity Probe B, one of Nasa's most complicated satellites, confirmed yesterday 'to a precision of better than 1 per cent' the assertion Einstein made 90 years ago - that an object such as the Earth does indeed distort the fabric of space and time.
- The near-vacuum in which planets, stars and other celestial objects are situated; the universe beyond the earth's atmosphere. [from 17thc.]
- 1901, HG Wells, The First Men in the Moon:
- After all, to go into outer space is not so much worse, if at all, than a polar expedition.
- 2010, The Guardian, 9 August:
- The human race must colonise space within the next two centuries or it will become extinct, Stephen Hawking warned today.
- The physical and psychological area one needs within which to live or operate; personal freedom. [from 20thc.]
- 1996, Linda Brodkey, Writing Permitted in Designated Areas Only:
- Around the time of my parents' divorce, I learned that reading could also give me space.
- 2008, Jimmy Treigle, Walking on Water
- "I care about you Billy, whether you believe it or not; but right now I need my space."
- (heading) A bounded or specific physical extent.
- A (chiefly empty) area or volume with set limits or boundaries. [from 14thc.]
- 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterII:
- Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, […]. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
- 2000, Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Islam and Gender
- The street door was open, and we entered a narrow space with washing facilities, curtained off from the courtyard.
- 2012, Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian, 16 July:
- Converted from vast chambers beneath the old Bankside Power Station which once held a million gallons of oil, the new public areas consist of two large circular spaces for performances and film installations, plus a warren of smaller rooms.
- (music) A position on the staff or stave bounded by lines. [from 15thc.]
- 1849, John Pyke Hullah, translating Guillaume Louis Bocquillon-Wilhem, Wilhelm's Method of Teaching Singing
- The note next above Sol is La; La, therefore, stands in the 2nd space; Si, on the 3rd line, &c.
- 1990, Sammy Nzioki, Music Time
- The lines and spaces of the staff are named according to the first seven letters of the alphabet, that is, A B C D E F G.
- A gap in text between words, lines etc., or a digital character used to create such a gap. [from 16thc.]
- 1992, Sam H Ham, Environmental Interpretation
- According to experts, a single line of text should rarely exceed about 50 characters (including letters and all the spaces between words).
- 2005, Dr BR Kishore, Dynamic Business Letter Writing:
- It should be typed a space below the salutation : Dear Sir, Subject : Replacement of defective items.
- (letterpress typography) A piece of metal type used to separate words, cast lower than other type so as not to take ink, especially one that is narrower than one en (compare quad). [from 17thc.]
- 1683, Joseph Moxon, Mechanick Exercises: Or, the Doctrine of Handy-Works. Applied to the art of Printing., v.2, pp.240–1:
- If it be only a Single Letter or two that drops, he thruſts the end of his Bodkin between every Letter of that Word, till he comes to a Space: and then perhaps by forcing thoſe Letters closer, he may have room to put in another Space or a Thin Space; which if he cannot do, and he finds the Space ſtand Looſe in the Form; he with the Point of his Bodkin picks the Space up and bows it a little; which bowing makes the Letters on each ſide of the Space keep their parallel diſtance; for by its Spring it thruſts the Letters that were cloſed with the end of the Bodkin to their adjunct Letters, that needed no cloſing.
- 1979, Marshall Lee, Bookmaking, p.110:
- Horizontal spacing is further divided into multiples and fractions of the em. The multiples are called quads. The fractions are called spaces.
- 2005, Phil Baines and Andrew Haslam, Type & Typography, 2nd ed., p.91:
- Other larger spaces – known as quads – were used to space out lines.
- A gap; an empty place. [from 17thc.]
- 2004, Harry M Benshoff (ed.), Queer Cinéma
- Mainstream Hollywood would not cater to the taste for sexual sensation, which left a space for B-movies, including noir.
- 2009, Barbara L. Lev, From Pink to Green
- A horizontal scar filled the space on her chest where her right breast used to be.
- (geometry) A set of points, each of which is uniquely specified by a number (the dimensionality) of coordinates.
- (countable, mathematics) A generalized construct or set whose members have some property in common; typically there will be a geometric metaphor allowing these members to be viewed as "points". Often used with a restricting modifier describing the members (e.g. vector space), or indicating the inventor of the construct (e.g. Hilbert space). [from 20thc.]
- Functional analysis is best approached through a sound knowledge of Hilbert space theory.
- (countable, figuratively) A marketplace for goods or services.
- innovation in the browser space
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:space.
- (intervening contents of a volume): volume
- (space occupied by or intended for a person or thing): room, volume
- (area or volume of sufficient size to accommodate a person or thing): place, spot, volume
- (area beyond the atmosphere of planets that consists of a vacuum): outer space
- (gap between written characters): blank, gap, whitespace (graphic design)
- (metal type): quad, quadrat
- (set of points each uniquely specified by a set of coordinates):
- (personal freedom to think or be oneself):
- (state of mind one is in when daydreaming):
- (generalized construct or set in mathematics):
- (one of the five basic elements in Indian philosophy): ether
physical extent in two or three dimensions
area beyond atmosphere of planets
- Latin: spatium (la) n
- Latvian: kosmoss m
- Lithuanian: kosmosas m
- Macedonian: вселена f (vselena), космос m (kosmos)
- Malay: angkasa, awang-awang, sawang langit, sawangan
- Maori: ātea, tuarangi
- Middle Persian: spʾš (spāš)
- Mongolian: сансар (mn) (sansar)
- Bokmål: verdensrom n
- Nynorsk: verdsrom n
- Persian: فضا (fa) (fazâ)
- Polish: kosmos (pl) m, przestrzeń kosmiczna (pl) f
- Portuguese: espaço (pt) m
- Romanian: spațiu (ro) n
- Russian: ко́смос (ru) m (kósmos), простра́нство (ru) n (prostránstvo)
- Cyrillic: све̏мӣр m, васио́на f, васељена f, космос m
- Roman: svȅmīr (sh) m, vasióna (sh) f, vaseljena f, kosmos (sh) m
- Sinhalese: අභ්යවකාශය (abhyavakāśaya)
- Spanish: espacio (es) m
- Swahili: nafasi (sw)
- Swedish: rymd (sv) c, världsrymd (sv) c
- Tajik: фазо (tg) (fazo)
- Telugu: అంతరిక్షము (te) (aṃtarikṣamu)
- Thai: อวกาศ (th) (a-wá-gàat)
- Turkish: uzay (tr)
- Turkmen: kosmos
- Ukrainian: ко́смос m (kósmos)
- Urdu: خلاء (ur) m (xalā')
- Uzbek: kosmos (uz), fazo (uz)
- Vietnamese: không gian (vi) (空間), không trung (vi), khoảng không (vi), vũ trụ (vi) (宇宙 (vi))
- Welsh: gofod (cy) m
- Yiddish: קאָסמאָס m (kosmos)
bounded or specific physical extent
gap between written characters, lines etc.
piece of type used to separate words
music: position on the staff
mathematics: generalized construct or set
figuratively: marketplace for goods or services
space (third-person singular simple present spaces, present participle spacing, simple past and past participle spaced)
- (obsolete, intransitive) To roam, walk, wander.
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.ii:
- But she as Fayes are wont, in priuie place / Did spend her dayes, and lov'd in forests wyld to space.
- (transitive) To set some distance apart.
- Faye had spaced the pots at 8-inch intervals on the windowsill.
- The cities are evenly spaced.
- To insert or utilise spaces in a written text.
- This paragraph seems badly spaced.
- (transitive) To eject into outer space, usually without a space suit.
- The captain spaced the traitors.
to set some distance apart
- Swahili: nafasi (sw)
- Vietnamese: (please verify)đặt cách nhau, (please verify)để cách nhau
to eject into outer space
space m (oblique plural spaces, nominative singular spaces, nominative plural space)
- Alternative form of espace