or spa·cial

[spey-shuh l]


of or relating to space.
existing or occurring in space; having extension in space.

Nearby words

  1. spathe,
  2. spathic,
  3. spathiphyllum,
  4. spathose,
  5. spathulate,
  6. spatial frequency,
  7. spatial summation,
  8. spatiality,
  9. spatially,
  10. spatiography

Origin of spatial

1840–50; < Latin spati(um) space + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for spatial




of or relating to space
existing or happening in space
Derived Formsspatiality (ˌspeɪʃɪˈælɪtɪ), nounspatially, adverb

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Word Origin and History for spatial



1847, from Latin spatium + adjectival suffix -al (1); formed in English as an adjective to space (n.), to go with temporal.

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Medicine definitions for spatial



Relating to space or a space.
Related formsspa′ti•ali•ty (spā′shē-ălĭ-tē) n.spatial•ly adv.

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