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. 16)
4. Quantity of time; an interval between two points of time; duration; time. Grace god gave him here, this land to keep long space. Nine times the space that measures day and night. (milton) God may defer his judgments for a time, and give a people a longer space of repentance. (Tillotson)
7. 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. The distance or interval between words or letters in the lines, or between lines, as in books.
8. One of the intervals, or open places, between the lines of the staff. Absolute space, euclidian space, etc. See Absolute, Euclidian, etc. Space line, a fine, thin, short metal rule of the same height as the type, used in printing short lines in tabular matter.
Origin: OE. Space, F. Espace, from L. Spatium space; cf. Gr. To draw, to tear; perh. Akin to E. Span. Cf. Expatiate.