space

space
space1 W1S1 [speıs] n
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1¦(empty area)¦
2¦(area for particular purpose)¦
3¦(between things)¦
4¦(outside the earth)¦
5¦(where things exist)¦
6¦(time)¦
7¦(empty land)¦
8¦(freedom)¦
9¦(in writing)¦
10¦(in a report/book)¦
11 look/stare/gaze into space
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[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: espace, from Latin spatium 'area, room, length of space or time']
1.) ¦(EMPTY AREA)¦[U]
the amount of an area, room, container etc that is empty or available to be used
space for
There's space for a table and two chairs.
How much space is there on each disk?
more/less/enough space
Now that we've got three kids, it'd be nice to have a bit more space.
space to do sth
He had plenty of space to study.
The hedge takes up too much space .
sense/feeling of space
(=the feeling that a place is large and empty, so you can move around easily)
In small homes a single colour scheme can create a sense of space.
2.) ¦(AREA FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE)¦ [U and C]
an area, especially one used for a particular purpose
a supermarket with 700 free parking spaces
storage/cupboard/shelf space
We really do need more storage space.
the factory's floor space (=the size of the available floor area)
3.) ¦(BETWEEN THINGS)¦
an empty place between two things, or between two parts of something
= ↑gap space between
the space between the house and the garage
Lucy cleared a space on her desk.
There was an empty space where the flowers had been.
4.) ¦(OUTSIDE THE EARTH)¦[U]
the area beyond the Earth where the stars and ↑planets are
in/into space
Who was the first American in space?
creatures from outer space (=far away in space)
space travel/research/programme/exploration
the history of space travel
5.) ¦(WHERE THINGS EXIST)¦[U]
all of the area in which everything exists, and in which everything has a position or direction
the exact point in space where two lines meet
how people of other cultures think about time and space
6.) ¦(TIME)¦
a) in/within the space of sth
within a particular period of time
Mandy had four children in the space of four years.
b) a short space of time
a short period of time
They achieved a lot in a short space of time.
7.) ¦(EMPTY LAND)¦ [U and C]
land, or an area of land that has not been built on
a pleasant town centre with plenty of open space
the wide open spaces of the prairies
the loss of green space in cities
8.) ¦(FREEDOM)¦[U]
the freedom to do what you want or do things on your own, especially in a relationship with someone else
We give each other space in our marriage.
She needed time and space to sort out her life.
9.) ¦(IN WRITING)¦
a) an empty area between written or printed words, lines etc
Leave a space after each number.
b) the width of a ↑typed letter of the alphabet
The word 'the' takes up three spaces.
c) a place provided for you to write your name or other information on a document, piece of paper etc
Please write any comments in the space provided.
10.)¦(IN A REPORT/BOOK)¦[U]
the amount of space in a newspaper, magazine, or book that is used for a particular subject
The story got very little space in the national newspapers.
11.) look/stare/gaze into space
to look straight in front of you without looking at anything in particular, usually because you are thinking
→↑breathing space, personal space,waste of space atwaste1 (5), watch this space atwatch1 (11)
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WORD FOCUS: space
vehicles used in space: spaceship, spacecraft, rocket, (space) shuttle, probe, satellite, space station
someone who travels in space: astronaut, cosmonaut (Russian)
parts of a rocket's journey: countdown, launch, blast-off/take-off/lift-off, leaving the earth's atmosphere, going into orbit, re-entering the earth's atmosphere, splashdown/touchdown
places and things in space: planet, moon, star, sun, satellite, solar system, constellation, galaxy, universe, the cosmos, black hole, quasar, comet, meteor, asteroid
the study of space: astronomy
See also: UFO, NASA, science fiction
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space 2
space2 v also space out
1.) [T always + adverb/preposition]
to arrange objects or events so that they have equal spaces or periods of time between them
They used three microphones spaced several yards apart .
Try to space out your classes and study in between.
be evenly spaced
(=with equal spaces)
For security, use three evenly spaced bolts per post.
2.) [i]informal
to stop paying attention and just look in front of you without thinking, especially because you are bored or have taken drugs
I completely spaced out during the lecture.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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