space


space
space1 [ speıs ] noun ***
▸ 1 empty/available area
▸ 2 area for purpose
▸ 3 beyond atmosphere
▸ 4 area everything is in
▸ 5 time and freedom
▸ 6 in writing/print
▸ 7 space for publishing something
▸ 8 period of time
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) count or uncount an empty or available area:
We replaced the bathtub with a shower to create more space.
Every space on the walls is covered with pictures.
a confined/limited/enclosed space (=a small space): Their voices sounded loud in the confined space.
space for: The nursery has space for 48 children.
a ) uncount COMPUTING the area that is available on a computer for storing information:
These applications don't take up huge amounts of hard disk space.
b ) count or uncount an area of land where there are no buildings:
What we really need is more green spaces in cities.
open space: policies to protect, enhance, and create open space
c ) count an empty area between things: GAP:
Leave a space of about two feet.
space between: You can grow seeds in the spaces between the plants.
d ) uncount an area that exists in a particular part of a building:
a two-story building with 3,000 square feet of floor space
2. ) count or uncount an area used for a particular purpose:
a parking space
I only have a small working space.
3. ) uncount the whole of the universe outside the Earth's atmosphere:
man's ventures into space
a space mission
in space: The crew have been living in space for over three months.
outer space: visitors from outer space
4. ) uncount the area in which everything exists:
The idea that space and time were curved was still controversial.
the changing positions of objects in three-dimensional space
5. ) uncount time and freedom to do things how and when you want, especially in your relationships with other people:
The children were given little personal space or privacy.
=> BREATHING SPACE
6. ) count a place on a form where you write something:
Write your name and address in the spaces below.
a ) the width of one letter of the alphabet when you are typing:
Move the cursor two spaces to the right.
b ) an empty area that you leave between words, lines, or paragraphs:
Leave one line space between the paragraphs.
7. ) uncount the amount of space that is available for publishing something such as an article or advertisement:
Newspapers also make money from selling advertising space.
8. ) singular a period of time:
space of time: It was an amazing achievement in such a short space of time.
in/within the space of: In the space of 36 hours, I had traveled halfway around the world.
look/stare into space
to look in front of you for a long time without seeing the things that are there because you are thinking about something else:
He sat quietly for a while, staring into space.
space
space 2 [ speıs ] verb
1. ) space or space out transitive to arrange objects, events, activities, etc. so that they are a particular time or distance apart:
Space your workouts two days apart to avoid sore muscles.
Bean plants should be spaced three inches apart.
2. ) space or space out intransitive AMERICAN INFORMAL to not pay attention to someone or something because you are thinking, tired, bored, etc.:
Say that again please, I spaced for a minute.
3. ) transitive AMERICAN INFORMAL to forget to do something:
I completely spaced that math assignment!

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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