Hypertext Webster Gateway: "space"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Space \Space\ (sp[=a]s), n. [OE. space, F. espace, from L.
spatium space; cf. Gr. spa^n to draw, to tear; perh. akin to
E. span. Cf. {Expatiate}.]
1. Extension, considered independently of anything which it
may contain; that which makes extended objects conceivable
and possible.

Pure space is capable neither of resistance nor
motion. --Locke.

2. Place, having more or less extension; room.

They gave him chase, and hunted him as hare; Long
had he no space to dwell [in]. --R. of

While I have time and space. --Chaucer.

3. A quantity or portion of extension; distance from one
thing to another; an interval between any two or more
objects; as, the space between two stars or two hills; the
sound was heard for the space of a mile.

Put a space betwixt drove and drove. --Gen. xxxii.

4. Quantity of time; an interval between two points of time;
duration; time. ``Grace God gave him here, this land to
keep long space.'' --R. of brunne.

Nine times the space that measures day and night.

God may defer his judgments for a time, and give a
people a longer space of repentance. --Tillotson.

5. A short time; a while. [R.] ``To stay your deadly strife a
space.'' --Spenser.

6. Walk; track; path; course. [Obs.]

This ilke [same] monk let old things pace, And held
after the new world the space. --Chaucer.

7. (print.)
(a) A small piece of metal cast lower than a face type, so
as not to receive the ink in printing, -- used to
separate words or letters.
(b) The distance or interval between words or letters in
the lines, or between lines, as in books.

Note: Spaces are of different thicknesses to enable the
compositor to arrange the words at equal distances from
each other in the same line.

8. (Mus.) One of the intervals, or open places, between the
lines of the staff.

{Absolute space}, {Euclidian space}, etc. See under
{Absolute}, {Euclidian}, etc.

{Space line} (Print.), a thin piece of metal used by printers
to open the lines of type to a regular distance from each
other, and for other purposes; a lead. --Hansard.

{Space rule} (Print.), a fine, thin, short metal rule of the
same height as the type, used in printing short lines in
tabular matter.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Space \Space\, v. i. [Cf. OF. espacier, L. spatiari. See
{Space}, n.]
To walk; to rove; to roam. [Obs.]

And loved in forests wild to space. --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Space \Space\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spaced}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Spacong}.] [Cf. F. espacer. See {Space}, n.] (Print.)
To arrange or adjust the spaces in or between; as, to space
words, lines, or letters.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the unlimited 3-dimensional expanse in which everything is
located; "they tested his ability to locate objects in
2: 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"
3: an area reserved for some particular purpose; "the
laboratory's floor space"
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" [syn: {blank}]
5: the interval between two times; "the distance from birth to
death"; "it all happened in the space of 10 minutes" [syn:
6: a blank area; "write your name in the space provided" [syn:
{blank space}, {place}]
7: any region in space outside the Earth's atmosphere; "the
astronauts walked in space without a tether" [syn: {outer
8: (mathematics) any set of points that satisfy a set of
postulates of some kind; "assume the vector space is
finite dimensional" [syn: {topological space}]
9: one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a
musical staff; "the spaces are the notes F-A-C-E"
10: (printing) a block of type without a raised letter; used for
spacing between words [syn: {quad}]
v : place at intervals; "Space the interviews so that you have
some time between the different candidates"

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