Before hiring a moving company to bring a grand piano into your studio apartment, you should measure how much space you actually have available.

Space, along with time, is one of the basic concepts of reality, but there are plenty of non-philosophical ways to use it. Don't let your dog sleep in the bed — she'll take up too much space. There's a space between each of these words. If you're into rockets, you probably want to travel in space, beyond the earth's atmosphere. A space in your day is free time. (Weird, right?) The root word spatium means "area covered" in Latin.

Primary Meanings of space

the unlimited expanse in which everything is located
a blank area
place at intervals
a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing
one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff
Full Definitions of space

n the unlimited expanse in which everything is located

“they tested his ability to locate objects in space
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absolute space
physical space independent of what occupies it
phase space
(physics) an ideal space in which the coordinate dimensions represent the variables that are required to describe a system or substance
mathematical space, topological space
(mathematics) any set of points that satisfy a set of postulates of some kind
outer space
any location outside the Earth's atmosphere
dynamical system
(physics) a phase space together with a transformation of that space
a space that is contained within another space
null space
a space that contains no points; and empty space
a set of points such as those of a closed surface or an analogue in three or more dimensions
metric space
a set of points such that for every pair of points there is a nonnegative real number called their distance that is symmetric and satisfies the triangle inequality
Type of:
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

n 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”
outer space
Type of:
a point or extent in space
the unlimited expanse in which everything is located

n a blank area

“write your name in the space provided”
blank space, place
the blank space that surrounds the text on a page
indent, indentation, indention, indenture
the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
Type of:
area, expanse, surface area
the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary

n 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”
Denali Fault
a major open geological fault in Alaska
San Andreas Fault
a major geological fault in California; runs from San Diego to San Francisco; the source of serious earthquakes
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a space into which an area is subdivided
crenel, crenelle
a notch or open space between two merlons in a crenelated battlement
pleural space
the small potential space between the parietal and visceral layers of the pleura
subarachnoid space
a space in the meninges beneath the arachnoid membrane and above the pia mater that contains the cerebrospinal fluid
enclosure, natural enclosure
a naturally enclosed space
a wide and open space or area as of surface or land or sky
gap, opening
an open or empty space in or between things
the space created by the swing of a scythe or the cut of a mowing machine
the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians
emptiness, vacancy, vacuum, void
an empty area or space
an unoccupied space
cavity, enclosed space
space that is surrounded by something
(bowling) the space between the headpin and the pins behind it on the right or left
any small compartment
cubbyhole, pigeonhole
a small compartment
an opening at the corner or on the side of a billiard table into which billiard balls are struck
PO Box, POB, Post-Office box, call box, letter box
a numbered compartment in a post office where mail is put to be called for
a gap or vacant space between two teeth
Ranvier's nodes, nodes of Ranvier
small gaps in the myelin sheath of medullated axons
foramen, hiatus
a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure
crotch, fork
the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk
an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)
any large dark enclosed space
a deep opening in the earth's surface
cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure
a long narrow opening
an opening into or through something
an enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)
an opening that resembles a mouth (as of a cave or a gorge)
a gap between cloud masses
rent, rip, snag, split, tear
an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
any broad thin expanse or surface
a large and unbroken expanse or distance
an opening that resembles a window in appearance or function
the upper angle between an axis and an offshoot such as a branch or leafstalk
helix angle
the constant angle at which a helix cuts the elements of a cylinder or cone
complementary angles
two angles whose sum is a right angle
angular distance
the angular separation between two objects as perceived by an observer
plane angle
an angle formed by two straight lines (in the same plane)
spherical angle
an angle formed at the intersection of the arcs of two great circles
solid angle
an angle formed by three or more planes intersecting at a common point (the vertex)
angle of inclination, inclination
(geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)
inclination, inclination of an orbit
(astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees
salient angle
an angle pointing outward; an interior angle of a polygon that is less than 180 degrees
interior angle, internal angle
the angle inside two adjacent sides of a polygon
exterior angle, external angle
the supplement of an interior angle of a polygon
angle of incidence, incidence angle
the angle that a line makes with a line perpendicular to the surface at the point of incidence
angle of reflection
the angle between a reflected ray and a line perpendicular to the reflecting surface at the point of incidence
angle of refraction
the angle between a refracted ray and a line perpendicular to the surface between the two media at the point of refraction
angle of extinction, extinction angle
the angle from its axis that a crystal must be rotated before appearing maximally dark when viewed in polarized light
angle that resembles the hind leg of a dog
right angle
the 90 degree angle between two perpendicular lines
oblique angle
an angle that is not a right angle or a multiple of a right angle
reflex angle
an angle greater than 180 degrees (but less than 360)
perigon, round angle
an angle of 360 degrees
cutting angle
the angle between the face of a cutting tool and the surface of the work
angle of dip, dip, inclination, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination
(physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
magnetic declination, magnetic variation, variation
the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north
AZ, azimuth
the azimuth of a celestial body is the angle between the vertical plane containing it and the plane of the meridian
a cavity or space in something
any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid (fluid or gas)
pocket, pouch, sac, sack
an enclosed space
polyhedral angle
the space enclosed by three or more planes that intersect in a vertex
face angle
the angle formed by two edges of a polyhedral angle
tilt angle
the angle a rocket makes with the vertical as it curves along its trajectory
vertical angle
either of two equal and opposite angles formed by the intersection of two straight lines
angle of view, view angle
the angle included by a photographic lens
wave angle
the angle of arrival (or departure) of a radio wave with respect to the axis of an antenna array
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a point or extent in space
amorphous shape
an ill-defined or arbitrary shape

n an area reserved for some particular purpose

“the laboratory's floor space
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air space, airspace
the space in the atmosphere immediately above the earth
crawl space, crawlspace
low space beneath a floor of a building; gives workers access to wiring or plumbing
disc space, disk space
(computer science) the space available on a magnetic disk
(theater) the space over the stage (out of view of the audience) used to store scenery (drop curtains)
key, paint
(basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court
no-parking zone
a space where automobiles are not allowed to park
parking space, parking zone
a space where an automobile can be parked
the space where a division or parting occurs
place, seat
a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane)
level space where heavy guns can be mounted behind the parapet at the top of a rampart
space allocated for your work (as in an office)
disk overhead, overhead
(computer science) the disk space required for information that is not data but is used for location and timing
swap file, swap space
the disk space that is set aside for virtual memory
an elevated place serving as a seat
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area, country
a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

n the interval between two times

“it all happened in the space of 10 minutes”
Type of:
interval, time interval
a definite length of time marked off by two instants

v place at intervals

Space the interviews so that you have some time between the different candidates”
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lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

n a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing

“he said the space is the most important character in the alphabet”
Type of:
character, grapheme, graphic symbol
a written symbol that is used to represent speech

n (printing) a block of type without a raised letter; used for spacing between words or sentences

hair space
(printing) the narrowest of the spaces used to separate words or letters
Type of:
a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end; produces a printed character when inked and pressed on paper

n one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff

“the spaces are the notes F-A-C-E”
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area, expanse, surface area
the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary

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