Definition of


  1. (noun, tops) the unlimited expanse in which everything is located
    the boundless regions of the infinite
  2. (noun, shape) an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)
    they stopped at an open space in the jungle
    the space between his teeth
  3. (noun, location) an area reserved for some particular purpose
  4. (noun, location) any location outside the Earth's atmosphere
    the first major milestone in space exploration was in 1957, when the USSR's Sputnik 1 orbited the Earth
  5. (noun, communication) a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing
  6. (noun, time) the interval between two times
    it all happened in the space of 10 minutes
  7. (noun, communication) a blank area
  8. (noun, communication) one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff
  9. (noun, artifact) (printing) a block of type without a raised letter; used for spacing between words or sentences
  10. (verb, motion) place at intervals

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Space

  1. c.1300, "an area, extent, expanse, lapse of time," aphetic of O.Fr. espace, from L. spatium "room, area, distance, stretch of time," of unknown origin. Astronomical sense of "stellar depths" is first recorded 1667 in "Paradise Lost."
    "Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards." [Sir Fred Hoyle, "Lon… more
  2. 1703, "to arrange at set intervals," from space (n.). Meaning "to be in a state of drug-induced euphoria" is recorded from 1968. Space cadet "eccentric person disconnected with reality" (often implying an intimacy with hallucinogenic drugs) is a 1960s phrase, probably traceable to 1950s U.S. sci-fi television program "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet," which was watched by many … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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