Meaning of SPATIAL in English


or spa·cial ˈspāshəl

Etymology: spatial from Latin spatium space + English -al; spacial alteration of spatial — more at speed


a. : of or relating to space

spatial pioneers will face such problems as … cosmic radiation — Time

elimination of spatial barriers by speedy transportation and communication — John Dewey

the changing spatial distribution of our population — Sidney Goldstein

b. : subject to the conditions of space : limited by space

it is one of the facts of our being that we are temporal and spatial — Norman Kelman

2. : occupying space : involving relations in space

this spatial theme fulfills an ancient requirement of the art of architecture — namely, to balance artfully the building masses and open spaces — Walter Gropius

• spa·tial·ly -əlē, -əli adverb

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.