Meaning of SPACE in English


I. ˈspās noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French espace, space, from Latin spatium area, room, interval of space or time

Date: 14th century

1. : a period of time ; also : its duration


a. : a limited extent in one, two, or three dimensions : distance , area , volume

b. : an extent set apart or available

parking space

floor space

c. : the distance from other people or things that a person needs in order to remain comfortable

invading my personal space

3. : one of the degrees between or above or below the lines of a musical staff — compare line


a. : a boundless three-dimensional extent in which objects and events occur and have relative position and direction

infinite space and time

b. : physical space independent of what occupies it — called also absolute space

5. : the region beyond the earth's atmosphere or beyond the solar system


a. : a blank area separating words or lines

b. : material used to produce such blank area ; especially : a piece of type less than one en in width

7. : a set of mathematical elements and especially of abstractions of all the points on a line, in a plane, or in physical space ; especially : a set of mathematical entities with a set of axioms of geometric character — compare metric space , topological space , vector space


a. : linage

b. : broadcast time available especially to advertisers

9. : accommodations on a public vehicle


a. : the opportunity to assert or experience one's identity or needs freely

b. : an opportunity for privacy or time to oneself

II. verb

( spaced ; spac·ing )

Date: 1703

transitive verb

: to place at intervals or arrange with space between — often used with out

intransitive verb

: to leave one or more blank spaces (as in a line of typing)

• spac·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.