(1)   The unlimited expanse in which everything is located
"They tested his ability to locate objects in space"
"The boundless regions of the infinite"
(2)   (printing) a block of type without a raised letter; used for spacing between words
(3)   A blank area
"Write your name in the space provided"
(4)   A blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing
"He said the space is the most important character in the alphabet"
(5)   One of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff
"The spaces are the notes F-A-C-E"
(6)   An area reserved for some particular purpose
"The laboratory's floor space"
(7)   An empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)
"The architect left space in front of the building"
"They stopped at an open space in the jungle"
"The space between his teeth"
(8)   The interval between two times
"The distance from birth to death"
"It all happened in the space of 10 minutes"


(9)   Place at intervals
"Space the interviews so that you have some time between the different candidates"


  1. The intervening contents of a volume.
  2. Space occupied by or intended for a person or thing.
  3. An area or volume of sufficient size to accommodate a person or thing.
  4. A while.
  5. The volume beyond the atmosphere of planets that consists of a relative vacuum.
  6. The volume beyond the Kármán line that lies 100km above mean sea level of the Earth.
  7. A gap between written or printed letters, numbers, characters, or lines; a blank.
    1. In digital text, a character representing a space ( ).
  8. A piece of metal type used to separate words, cast lower than other type so as not to take ink, especially one that is narrower than one en (compare quad).
    • 1683, Joseph Moxon, Mechanick Exercises: Or, the Doctrine of Handy-Works. Applied to the art of Printing., v 2, pp. 240–41:
      If it be only a Single Letter or two that drops, he thruſts the end of his Bodkin between every Letter of that Word, till he comes to a Space: and then perhaps by forcing thoſe Letters closer, he may have room to put in another Space or a Thin Space; which if he cannot do, and he finds the Space ſtand Looſe in the Form; he with the Point of his Bodkin picks the Space up and bows it a little; which bowing makes the Letters on each ſide of the Space keep their parallel diſtance; for by its Spring it thruſts the Letters that were cloſed with the end of the Bodkin to their adjunct Letters, that needed no cloſing.
    • 1979, Marshall Lee, Bookmaking, p 110:
      Horizontal spacing is further divided into multiples and fractions of the em. The multiples are called quads. The fractions are called spaces.
    • 2005, Phil Baines and Andrew Haslam, Type & Typography, 2nd ed, p 91:
      Other larger spaces – known as quads – were used to space out lines.
  9. A set of points, each of which is uniquely specified by a set of coordinates; the number of coordinates specifying a point and the number of mutually perpendicular axes along which the coordinates lie are the same, and that is the number of dimensions of the space.
  10. One's personal freedom to think or be oneself.
  11. The state of mind one is in when daydreaming.
  12. a generalized construct or set, the members of which have certain properties in common; often used in combination with the name of a particular mathematician
  13. One of the five basic elements.


  • (intervening contents of a volume): volume
  • (space occupied by or intended for a person or thing): room, volume
  • (area or volume of sufficient size to accommodate a person or thing): place, spot, volume
  • (area beyond the atmosphere of planets that consists of a vacuum): outer space
  • (gap between written characters): blank, gap, whitespace quad, quadrat
  • (set of points each uniquely specified by a set of coordinates):
  • (person freedom to think or be oneself):
  • (state of mind one is in when daydreaming):
  • (generalized construct or set in mathematics):
  • (one of the five basic elements in Indian philosophy):

Related terms


  1. To be separated to a distance.
    The cities are evenly spaced.
  2. To eject into outer space. Usually without a space suit.
    The captain spaced the traitors.