Definition for SPACE

SPACE, n. [Fr. espace; Sp. espacio; It. spazio; L. spatium, space; spatior, to wander. This word is probably formed on the root of pateo. Class Bd.]

  1. Room; extension. Space in the abstract, is mere extension. Pure space is capable neither of resistance nor motion. – Locke.
  2. Any quantity of extension. In relation to bodies, space is the interval between any two or more objects; as, the space between two stars or two hills. The quantity space or extent between bodies, constitutes their distance from each other.
  3. The distance or interval between lines; as in books. The spaces in music are named as well as the lines.
  4. Quantity of time; also, the interval between two points of time. Nine times the space that measures day and night. – Milton. God may defer his judgments for a time, and give a people longer space for repentance. – Watts.
  5. A short time; a while. To stay your deadly strife a space. – Spenser. [This sense is nearly obsolete.]

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