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white space

the unprinted area of a piece of printing, as of a poster or newspaper page, or of a portion of a piece of printing, as of an advertisement; blank space:
White space is as effective in a layout as type.
Origin of white space
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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whitespace in Technology

(From the colour it produces on white paper) Any contiguous sequence of spaces, tabs, carriage returns, and/or line feeds. Whitespace might also possibly include form feed characters. The term is common on Unix.
See also non-printing character.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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