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 for vacancy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vacancy \Va"can*cy\, n.; pl. Vacancies. [Cf. F. vacance.]
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     1. The quality or state of being vacant; emptiness; hence,
        freedom from employment; intermission; leisure; idleness;
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              All dispositions to idleness or vacancy, even before
              they are habits, are dangerous.       --Sir H.
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     2. That which is vacant. Specifically: 
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        (a) Empty space; vacuity; vacuum.
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                  How is't with you,
                  That you do bend your eye on vacancy? --Shak.
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        (b) An open or unoccupied space between bodies or things;
            an interruption of continuity; chasm; gap; as, a
            vacancy between buildings; a vacancy between sentences
            or thoughts.
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        (c) Unemployed time; interval of leisure; time of
            intermission; vacation.
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                  Time lost partly in too oft idle vacancies given
                  both to schools and universities. --Milton.
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                  No interim, not a minute's vacancy. --Shak.
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                  Those little vacancies from toil are sweet.
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        (d) A place or post unfilled; an unoccupied office; as, a
            vacancy in the senate, in a school, etc.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: being unoccupied
      2: an empty area or space; "the huge desert voids"; "the
         emptiness of outer space"; "without their support he'll be
         ruling in a vacuum" [syn: void, vacancy, emptiness,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  88 Moby Thesaurus words for "vacancy":
     absence, absence of mind, appointment, bareness, barrenness, berth,
     billet, blank, blank mind, blankmindedness, blankness, bleakness,
     breach, calm of mind, deficiency, deprivation, desertedness,
     desolateness, employment, emptiness, emptiness of mind,
     empty-headedness, engagement, fallow mind, fatuity, foolishness,
     gap, gig, hiatus, hollowness, inanition, inanity, incomprehension,
     incumbency, jejunity, job, lacuna, mental blankness, mental void,
     moonlighting, negation, negativeness, negativity, nihility,
     nirvana, nonbeing, nonentity, nonexistence, noninhabitance,
     nonoccupance, nonoccupancy, nonoccurrence, nonreality,
     nonresidence, nonsubsistence, not-being, nothingness, nullity,
     oblivion, office, opening, passivity, place, place open, position,
     post, quietism, second job, service, situation, slot, station,
     tabula rasa, tenure, thoughtfreeness, thoughtlessness,
     tranquillity, unactuality, unawareness, unintelligence, unreality,
     vacant post, vacuity, vacuousness, vacuum, vapidity, void,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  VACANCY. A place which is empty. The term is principally applied to cases 
  where an office is not filled. 
       2. By the constitution of the United States, the president has the 
  power to fill up vacancies that may happen during the recess of the senate. 
  Whether the president can create an office and fill it during the recess of 
  the senate, seems to have been much questioned. Story, Const. Sec. 1553. See 
  Serg. Const. Law, ch. 31; 1 Breese, R. 70. 

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