verb (used with object), spaced, spac·ing.


of, relating to, or concerned with outer space or deep space: a space mission.
designed for or suitable to use in the exploration of outer space or deep space: space tools; specially packaged space food for astronauts.

Origin of space

1250–1300; Middle English (noun) < Old French espace < Latin spatium
Related formsspac·er, nounmis·space, verb (used with object), mis·spaced, mis·spac··space, verb (used with object), re·spaced, re·spac·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the unlimited three-dimensional expanse in which all material objects are locatedRelated adjective: spatial
an interval of distance or time between two points, objects, or events
a blank portion or area
  1. unoccupied area or roomthere is no space for a table
  2. (in combination)space-saving Related adjective: spacious
freedom to do what a person wishes to for his or her own personal development
  1. the region beyond the earth's atmosphere containing the other planets of the solar system, stars, galaxies, etc; universe
  2. (as modifier)a space probe; space navigation
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)a space station; a space simulator
a seat or place, as on a train, aircraft, etc
  1. a piece of metal, less than type-high, used to separate letters or words in hot-metal printing
  2. any of the gaps used to separate letters, words, or lines in photocomposition, desktop publishing, etc
music any of the gaps between the lines that make up the staff
maths a collection of unspecified points having properties that obey a specified set of axiomsEuclidean space
Also called: spacing telegraphy the period of time that separates complete letters, digits, and other characters in Morse code

verb (tr)

to place or arrange at intervals or with spaces between
to divide into or by spacesto space one's time evenly
printing to separate (letters, words, or lines) by the insertion of spaces

Word Origin for space

C13: from Old French espace, from Latin spatium
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Word Origin and History for space

c.1300, "an area, extent, expanse, lapse of time," a shortening of Old French espace, from Latin spatium "room, area, distance, stretch of time," of unknown origin. Astronomical sense of "stellar depths" is first recorded 1667 in "Paradise Lost."

Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards. [Sir Fred Hoyle, "London Observer," 1979]

Typographical sense is attested from 1670s (typewriter space bar is from 1888). Space age is attested from 1946; spacewalk is from 1965. Many compounds first appeared in science fiction and speculative writing, e.g. spaceship (1894, "Journey in Other Worlds"); spacesuit (1920); spacecraft (1930, "Scientific American"); space travel (1931); space station (1936, "Rockets Through Space"); spaceman (1942, "Thrilling Wonder Stories;" earlier it meant "journalist paid by the length of his copy," 1892). Space race attested from 1959. Space shuttle attested by 1970.


1703, "to arrange at set intervals," from space (n.). Meaning "to be in a state of drug-induced euphoria" is recorded from 1968. Space cadet "eccentric person disconnected with reality" (often implying an intimacy with hallucinogenic drugs) is a 1960s phrase, probably traceable to 1950s U.S. sci-fi television program "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet," which was watched by many children who dreamed of growing up to be one and succeeded.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

space in Medicine




A particular area, extent, or cavity of the body.
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space in Science



The region of the universe beyond Earth's atmosphere.♦ The part of this region within the solar system is known as interplanetary space.♦ The part of this region beyond the solar system but within the Milky Way or within another galaxy is known as interstellar space.♦ The part of this region between the Milky Way and other galaxies is known as intergalactic space.
The familiar three-dimensional region or field of everyday experience.
Mathematics A mathematical object, typically a set of sets, that is usually structured to define a range across which variables or other objects (such as a coordinate system) can be defined.
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Idioms and Phrases with space


In addition to the idiom beginning with space

  • space out

also see:

  • breathing space
  • take up space
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