1 /speIs/ noun
1 AMOUNT OF SPACE (U) the amount of an area, room, container etc that is empty or available to be used: There's space for a table and two chairs. | How much space is there on each disk? | make space: I'm trying to make space for all Tom's canoeing gear. | leave space: Leave enough space for the suitcases. | closet/cupboard/office space: There's plenty of closet space in our new apartment. | sense/feeling of space (=the feeling that a room has plenty of space): Mirrors give a sense of space.
—see place 1
2 PIECE OF SPACE (C, U) an area, especially one used for a particular purpose: a parking space | There was just an empty space where the book had been. | clear a space: Lucy cleared a space on her desk for her new computer.
3 BETWEEN EARTH AND STARS (U) the area outside the Earth's air where the stars and planets are: space travel | outer space (=far away in space): creatures from outer space
4 ALL AROUND EVERYTHING (U) all of the space in which everything exists, and in which everything has a position or direction: the exact point in space where two lines meet | beyond the dimensions of space and time
5 BETWEEN THINGS (C) an empty space between two things, or between two parts of something; gap 1 (1): The children hid in the space between the wall and the shed.
a) in/during the space of 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 during which a lot of things happen: It's amazing how well we knew each other after such a short space of time.
7 EMPTY LAND (C, U) land, or an area of land that has not been built on: open space: a pleasant town centre with plenty of open space | wide open spaces: the wide open spaces of the prairies
a) an empty space between written or printed words, lines etc
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.
9 IN A NEWSPAPER (U) the amount of space in a newspaper, magazine or book that is used for a particular subject: Endless space has been devoted to Princess Di.
10 FREEDOM (U) the freedom to do what you want or do things on your own, especially in a relationship with someone else: I've split up with Phil because I need more space.
11 look/stare into space to look straight in front of you without looking at anything in particular, usually because you are thinking: What's wrong with Jenny? She's just been staring into space all day.
—see also: breathing space 2 verb also space out
1 (transitive always + adv/prep) to arrange objects or events so that they have equal spaces or periods of time between them: space sth out/along etc: Try to space out your classes and study in between. | Space the desks one metre apart. | be evenly spaced (=with equal spaces)
2 also space out (I) AmE informal to stop paying attention and just look in front of you without thinking, especially because you are bored or because you have taken drugs: I was so tired I just spaced out, completely unable to concentrate.
—see also: spaced out

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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