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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
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
Pure space is capable neither of resistance nor
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
6. Walk; track; path; course. [Obs.]
This ilke [same] monk let old things pace,
And held after the new world the space. --Chaucer.
(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, on a
computer screen, etc.
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.
9. that portion of the universe outside the earth or its
atmosphere; -- called also outer space.
Absolute space, Euclidian space, etc. See under
Absolute, Euclidian, etc.
deep space, the part of outer space which is beyond the
limits of the solar system.
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
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