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NOUN (1)

1. physical space independent of what occupies it;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Space \Space\ (sp[=a]s), n. [OE. space, F. espace, from L. spatium space; cf. Gr. spa^n to draw, to tear; perh. akin to E. span. Cf. Expatiate.] 1. Extension, considered independently of anything which it may contain; that which makes extended objects conceivable and possible. [1913 Webster] Pure space is capable neither of resistance nor motion. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. Place, having more or less extension; room. [1913 Webster] They gave him chase, and hunted him as hare; Long had he no space to dwell [in]. --R. of Brunne. [1913 Webster] While I have time and space. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Put a space betwixt drove and drove. --Gen. xxxii. 16. [1913 Webster] 4. Quantity of time; an interval between two points of time; duration; time. "Grace God gave him here, this land to keep long space." --R. of brunne. [1913 Webster] Nine times the space that measures day and night. --Milton. [1913 Webster] God may defer his judgments for a time, and give a people a longer space of repentance. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] 5. A short time; a while. [R.] "To stay your deadly strife a space." --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 6. Walk; track; path; course. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This ilke [same] monk let old things pace, And held after the new world the space. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 7. (Print.) (a) 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. (b) The distance or interval between words or letters in the lines, or between lines, as in books, on a computer screen, etc. [1913 Webster] Note: Spaces are of different thicknesses to enable the compositor to arrange the words at equal distances from each other in the same line. [1913 Webster] 8. (Mus.) One of the intervals, or open places, between the lines of the staff. [1913 Webster] 9. that portion of the universe outside the earth or its atmosphere; -- called also outer space. [PJC] Absolute space, Euclidian space, etc. See under Absolute, Euclidian, etc. deep space, the part of outer space which is beyond the limits of the solar system. Space line (Print.), a thin piece of metal used by printers to open the lines of type to a regular distance from each other, and for other purposes; a lead. --Hansard. Space rule (Print.), a fine, thin, short metal rule of the same height as the type, used in printing short lines in tabular matter. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Absolute \Ab"so*lute\, a. [L. absolutus, p. p. of absolvere: cf. F. absolu. See Absolve.] 1. Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command; absolute power; an absolute monarch. [1913 Webster] 2. Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless; as, absolute perfection; absolute beauty. [1913 Webster] So absolute she seems, And in herself complete. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Viewed apart from modifying influences or without comparison with other objects; actual; real; -- opposed to relative and comparative; as, absolute motion; absolute time or space. [1913 Webster] Note: Absolute rights and duties are such as pertain to man in a state of nature as contradistinguished from relative rights and duties, or such as pertain to him in his social relations. [1913 Webster] 4. Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other being; self-existent; self-sufficing. [1913 Webster] Note: In this sense God is called the Absolute by the Theist. The term is also applied by the Pantheist to the universe, or the total of all existence, as only capable of relations in its parts to each other and to the whole, and as dependent for its existence and its phenomena on its mutually depending forces and their laws. [1913 Webster] 5. Capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone; unconditioned; non-relative. [1913 Webster] Note: It is in dispute among philosopher whether the term, in this sense, is not applied to a mere logical fiction or abstraction, or whether the absolute, as thus defined, can be known, as a reality, by the human intellect. [1913 Webster] To Cusa we can indeed articulately trace, word and thing, the recent philosophy of the absolute. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] 6. Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful. [R.] [1913 Webster] I am absolute 't was very Cloten. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. Authoritative; peremptory. [R.] [1913 Webster] The peddler stopped, and tapped her on the head, With absolute forefinger, brown and ringed. --Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster] 8. (Chem.) Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol. [1913 Webster] 9. (Gram.) Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence in government; as, the case absolute. See Ablative absolute, under Ablative. [1913 Webster] Absolute curvature (Geom.), that curvature of a curve of double curvature, which is measured in the osculating plane of the curve. Absolute equation (Astron.), the sum of the optic and eccentric equations. Absolute space (Physics), space considered without relation to material limits or objects. Absolute terms. (Alg.), such as are known, or which do not contain the unknown quantity. --Davies & Peck. Absolute temperature (Physics), the temperature as measured on a scale determined by certain general thermo-dynamic principles, and reckoned from the absolute zero. Absolute zero (Physics), the be ginning, or zero point, in the scale of absolute temperature. It is equivalent to -273[deg] centigrade or -459.4[deg] Fahrenheit. [1913 Webster] Syn: Positive; peremptory; certain; unconditional; unlimited; unrestricted; unqualified; arbitrary; despotic; autocratic. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

absolute space n 1: physical space independent of what occupies it