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Space appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Burn at space now as I saw one capstan rub.
  • Some devastated ace caps a space cadet at save demos.
  • Did I fill up space dams?… a hobo has made caps pull if I did.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun space:


Space is sometimes a misspelling of special.

The word space is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun space

What does space mean as a name of something?

Space is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: spaces

  1. the unlimited expanse in which everything is located
    • example: they tested his ability to locate objects in space
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • synonym of space: infinite
    • more generic word: attribute = an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
    • more specific terms:
      • absolute space = physical space independent of what occupies it
      • phase space = an ideal space in which the coordinate dimensions represent the variables that are required to describe a system or substance
      • mathematical space / topological space = any set of points that satisfy a set of postulates of some kind
      • outer space = any location outside the Earth's atmosphere
    • parts:
      • location = a point or extent in space
      • aerospace = the atmosphere and outer space considered as a whole
  2. an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)
    • examples: the architect left space in front of the building | they stopped at an open space in the jungle | the space between his teeth
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • more generic terms: location = a point or extent in space; amorphous shape = an ill-defined or arbitrary shape
    • more specific terms:
      • compartment = a space into which an area is subdivided
      • crenelle / crenel = a notch or open space between two merlons in a crenelated battlement
      • pleural space = the small potential space between the parietal and visceral layers of the pleura
      • subarachnoid space = a space in the meninges beneath the arachnoid membrane and above the pia mater that contains the cerebrospinal fluid
      • natural enclosure / enclosure = a naturally enclosed space
      • expanse = a wide and open space or area as of surface or land or sky
      • opening / gap = an open or empty space in or between things
      • swath = the space created by the swing of a scythe or the cut of a mowing machine
      • angle = the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another
      • emptiness / vacancy / vacuum / void = an empty area or space
      • hole = an unoccupied space
      • enclosed space / cavity = space that is surrounded by something
      • pocket = the space between the headpin and the pins behind it on the right or left
  3. an area reserved for some particular purpose
    • example: the laboratory's floor space
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic words: area / country = a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary
    • more specific terms:
      • air space / airspace = the space in the atmosphere immediately above the earth
      • crawl space / crawlspace = low space beneath a floor of a building
      • disc space / disk space = the space available on a magnetic disk
      • flies = the space over the stage (out of view of the audience) used to store scenery
      • paint / key = a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court
      • no-parking zone = a space where automobiles are not allowed to park
      • parking space / parking zone = a space where an automobile can be parked
      • separation = the space where a division or parting occurs
      • place / seat = a space reserved for sitting
      • terreplein = level space where heavy guns can be mounted behind the parapet at the top of a rampart
      • workspace = space allocated for your work
  4. any location outside the Earth's atmosphere
    • examples: the astronauts walked in outer space without a tether | the first major milestone in space exploration was in 1957, when the USSR's Sputnik 1 orbited the Earth
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of space: outer space
    • more generic words: location = a point or extent in space; infinite = the unlimited expanse in which everything is located
    • part of: aerospace = the atmosphere and outer space considered as a whole
    • parts:
  5. a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing
  6. the interval between two times
    • example: it all happened in the space of 10 minutes
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonym of space: distance
    • more generic terms: interval / time interval = a definite length of time marked off by two instants
  7. a blank area
    • example: write your name in the space provided
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of space: blank space / place
    • more generic terms: area / expanse / surface area = the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary
    • more specific words:
    • part of: form = a printed document with spaces in which to write
  8. one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff
    • example: the spaces are the notes F-A-C-E
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: area / expanse / surface area = the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary
    • part of: musical notation = notation used by musicians; staff / stave = the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written
  9. (printing) a block of type without a raised letter; used for spacing between words or sentences
    • domain: printing / printing process
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of space: quad
    • more generic word: type = a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end
    • more specific term: hair space = the narrowest of the spaces used to separate words or letters

Alternative definition of the noun space


  1. The intervening contents of a volume.
  2. [uncountable] Space occupied by or intended for a person or thing.
  3. [countable] An area or volume of sufficient size to accommodate a person or thing.
  4. A while.
  5. The volume beyond the atmosphere of planets that consists of a relative vacuum.
  6. The volume beyond the Kármán line that lies 100km above mean sea level of the Earth.
  7. A gap between written or printed letters, numbers, characters, or lines; a blank.
    • In digital text, a character representing a space ([unsupported, space]).
      • [metal type] A piece of metal type used to separate words, cast lower than other type so as not to take ink, especially one that is narrower than one en (compare quad).
        • [geometry] A set of points, each of which is uniquely specified by a set of coordinates; the number of coordinates specifying a point and the number of mutually perpendicular axes along which the coordinates lie are the same, and that is the number of dimensions of the space.
          • One's personal freedom to think or be oneself.
            • The state of mind one is in when daydreaming.
            • [mathematics] a generalized construct or set, the members of which have certain properties in common; often used in combination with the name of a particular mathematician
            • [context: Indian philosophy] One of the five basic elements.
            • interval of time

            Definition of the verb space

            What does space mean as a doing word?

            verb - inflections: spaced | spacing | spaces

            1. place at intervals
              • example: Space the interviews so that you have some time between the different candidates
              • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
              • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location

            Alternative definition of the verb space


            1. [obsolete, intransitive] To roam, walk, wander.
            2. [transitive] To be separated to a distance.
            3. [intransitive] To eject into outer space. Usually without a space suit.

            Phrases with Space

            Phrases starting with the word Space:

            1. space age
            2. space bar
            3. Space Out
            4. Space-age

            Phrases ending with the word Space:

            1. N Space
            2. Em Space
            3. En Space
            4. air space
            5. Row space
            6. Dark Space
            7. Dead Space
            8. deep space
            9. disc space
            10. disk space
            11. Dual space
            12. Flat Space
            13. Fock Space
            14. Free Space
            15. hair space
            16. half space

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            Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Space

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            Google previewTheosophical Miscellanies No.1 Thoughts On The Metaphysics Of Theosophy (1883)

            by S. Sandaram Iver

            Space is the product of the endless continuity of conceptions, beginning from a centre and circling away from around that...

            Google previewA New Treatise on Elements of Mechanics Establishing Strict Precision in the Meaning of Dynamical Terms Accompanied with an Appendix on Duodenal Arithmetic and Metrology (1875)

            Superficial space is that generated by the product of velocity and time of lateral motion of a line.

            Space is the product of time and velocity, and when we divide that product by time, the quotient will be the simple element velocity or rate of motion.

            Google previewMetric Spaces, Convexity and Nonpositive Curvature (2005)

            by Athanase Papadopoulos

            A length space is a metric space in which the distance between any pair of points is equal to the greatest lower bound of the set of lengths of paths joining them. If the distance between any pair of points is equal to the length of some path ...

            Google previewA First Course in Stochastic Processes (1975)

            by Samuel Karlin, Howard M. Taylor

            vector space is a set of elements x, y with associated operations of Vector addition and scalar multiplication such that ax + by...

            A Hilbert space is an inner product space that is complete in the metric determined by the norm.

            Google previewA First Course in Functional Analysis (2014)

            Theory and Applications by Rabindranath Sen

            A Hilbert space is a Banach space endowed with a dot product or scalar product. A normed linear space has a norm, or the concept of distance, but does not admit the concept of the angle between two elements or two vectors. But an inner ...

            Google previewHigh frontier spr 06

            Today, space is an indispensable element of joint military operations, employed in virtually every aspect of air, land, maritime...

            Space is a key enabler of global, precision, and joint expeditionary operations—it provides unprecedented speed, ...

            Google previewAccess to Surgery (2007)

            500 single best answer questions in general & systemic physiology by Raja Shahzad

            Anatomical dead space is the gas in the conducting areas of the respiratory system, such as the mouth and trachea, where the air doesn't come to the alveoli of the lungs. It is normally about 150 ml (or 2.2 ml per kilogram of body weight).

            Google previewDictionary of Space Technology (2013)

            by Joseph Angelo

            German Space Agency (DARA), and the Italian Space Agency (ASI), collected an enormous amount of radar imagery data in support of NASA«s MISSION TO PLANET EARTH and other planetary study efforts. See also:MAGELLAN MISSION ...

            Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

            by U.S. Department of Defense

            space environment — The region beginning at the lower boundary of the Earth's ionosphere (approximately 50 km) and extending outward that contains solid particles (asteroids and meteoroids), energetic charged particles (ions, protons, ...

            Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Space Technology, Revised Edition (2009)

            by Joseph A. Angelo

            space launches in comparison to the other two Russian launch complexes: Baikonur Cosmodrome (now in Kazakhstan) and Plesetsk ...

            Google previewNew Zealand Māori Word Encyclopedia (2007)

            by Sally-Anne Lambert

            Clear expanse timoremore Empty space / Void hemanga Void / *Hollow, anpty tiare/tiarmre void / Empty / Open hemahema Clear ...

            Google previewThe Agamben Dictionary (2011)

            by Alex Murray, Jessica Whyte

            CAPRONI , GIORGIO 43 modern political space – and that politics becomes biopolitics. The ultimate aim of the camp is that of producing an “absolute biopolitical substance that, in its isolation, allows for the attribution of [every and all] ...

            Google previewEncyclopedia of Policy Studies, Second Edition, (1994)

            by Stuart Nagel

            space policy can be traced back to Sir Isaac Newton's third law of motion, which states, "To every action there is always opposed an ...

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            Quotes about Space

            But, after all, the aim of art is to create space - space that is not compromised by decoration or illustration, space within which the subjects of painting can live. (Frank Stella)
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            Scrabble value of S1P3A1C3E1

            The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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