a gap; opening; breach.
an unoccupied position or office: a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
lack of thought or intelligence; vacuity: a look of utter vacancy.
Crystallography. (in a crystal) an imperfection resulting from an unoccupied lattice position.: Compare interstitial (def. 3).
Archaic. absence of activity; idleness.
- non·va·can·cy, noun, plural non·va·can·cies.
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How to use vacancy in a sentence
As such, the vacancy caused by Ginsburg’s passing “raises uncertainty across the health care sector,” Fitch analysts say.Why the Supreme Court vacancy could spell bad news for the health care industry | reymashayekhi | September 24, 2020 | Fortune
Most Americans disagreed with the Republican position, which was that the vacancy should be filled by the winner of the 2016 election.The Republican court plan has the support of the majority they’re concerned about: Republicans | Philip Bump | September 23, 2020 | Washington Post
Partisan rancor only continues to rise in the country, with a vacancy on the Supreme Court the latest flashpoint after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.Donald Dossier: Seizing the Moment to Fill RBG’s Seat | Tracy Moran | September 19, 2020 | Ozy
In this emergency installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discusses Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and how the political fight over the court’s new vacancy might unfold.Politics Podcast: How A Supreme Court Vacancy Will Shape The Election | Galen Druke | September 19, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
The Singh departure creates one more vacancy at an already depleted Asia shop inside the Pentagon.
Not that a vacancy or appointments elsewhere in Washington may matter.
And if you want to see it get even worse, just wait until the president selects someone to fill the next Supreme Court vacancy.
But since the vacancy at the spy agency opened up, there are indications he may have had a change of heart.Who Is John Brennan, the Man Touted to Be the Next CIA Director? | Daniel Klaidman | November 22, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Casual vacancy may be a disappointment, but it is a natural one.Writing For Teens Vs. Adults: Rowling As Case Study | Seth Lerer | October 3, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
His mind had suspended its operations, whilst his physical eye stared upon vacancy.
If he fails to qualify or a vacancy occurs, the creditors have an opportunity to make another appointment.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
He said there was a vacancy on the Kingstown Board; and, supposing the seat was offered to me, would I be free to accept it?Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Alarm grew in Garnache's mind, but his face maintained its foolish vacancy, its inane smile.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
The vacancy thus suddenly opened in my life unmanned me like a physical void.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI | Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for vacancy
the state or condition of being vacant or unoccupied; emptiness
an unoccupied post or office: we have a vacancy in the accounts department
an unoccupied room in a boarding house, hotel, etc: put the "No Vacancies" sign in the window
lack of thought or intelligent awareness; inanity: an expression of vacancy on one's face
physics a defect in a crystalline solid caused by the absence of an atom, ion, or molecule from its position in the crystal lattice
obsolete idleness or a period spent in idleness
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