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Spaces for doors and windows were let in among the book-cases.

Spaces here and there had been wrested from the jungle and planted with bananas and cane and orange groves.

But the Spaces PT and πτ on either hand, will not be illuminated by them all, and therefore will appear coloured.

Spaces of proper sizes are provided for all Stamps, and the book is bound in a superior manner in gilt cloth.

Spaces in stacks of bricks, holes in the ground or in buildings, and window-sills are held in high esteem as nesting sites.

Spaces b b were removed in the same way, but a knife was used in the concave part of the curve.

Spaces in which types of patterns other than whorls are present are disregarded in computing the primary.

Spaces of this kind should be used only in exceptional cases and not at all as a common practice.

Spaces were contrived here and there to store away their accumulations of provisions.

As Swedenborg says: “Spaces and times in spiritual life have relation to states of love and are mutable with these.”


c.1300, "an area, extent, expanse, lapse of time," a shortening of Old French espace, from Latin spatium "room, area, distance, stretch of time," of unknown origin. Astronomical sense of "stellar depths" is first recorded 1667 in "Paradise Lost."

Typographical sense is attested from 1670s (typewriter space bar is from 1888). Space age is attested from 1946; spacewalk is from 1965. Many compounds first appeared in science fiction and speculative writing, e.g. spaceship (1894, "Journey in Other Worlds"); spacesuit (1920); spacecraft (1930, "Scientific American"); space travel (1931); space station (1936, "Rockets Through Space"); spaceman (1942, "Thrilling Wonder Stories;" earlier it meant "journalist paid by the length of his copy," 1892). Space race attested from 1959. Space shuttle attested by 1970.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.