The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Room \Room\ (r[=oo]m), n. [OE. roum, rum, space, AS. r[=u]m;
akin to OS., OFries. & Icel. r[=u]m, D. ruim, G. raum, OHG.
r[=u]m, Sw. & Dan. rum, Goth. r[=u]ms, and to AS. r[=u]m,
adj., spacious, D. ruim, Icel. r[=u]mr, Goth. r[=u]ms; and
prob. to L. rus country (cf. Rural), Zend rava[.n]h wide,
free, open, ravan a plain.]
1. Unobstructed spase; space which may be occupied by or
devoted to any object; compass; extent of place, great or
small; as, there is not room for a house; the table takes
up too much room.
Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet
there is room. --Luke xiv.
There was no room for them in the inn. --Luke ii. 7.
2. A particular portion of space appropriated for occupancy;
a place to sit, stand, or lie; a seat.
If he have but twelve pence in his purse, he will
give it for the best room in a playhouse.
When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit
not down in the highest room. --Luke xiv. 8.
3. Especially, space in a building or ship inclosed or set
apart by a partition; an apartment or chamber.
I found the prince in the next room. --Shak.
4. Place or position in society; office; rank; post; station;
also, a place or station once belonging to, or occupied
by, another, and vacated. [Obs.]
When he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judea in
the room of his father Herod. --Matt. ii.
Neither that I look for a higher room in heaven.
Let Bianca take her sister's room. --Shak.
5. Possibility of admission; ability to admit; opportunity to
act; fit occasion; as, to leave room for hope.
There was no prince in the empire who had room for
such an alliance. --Addison.
Room and space (Shipbuilding), the distance from one side
of a rib to the corresponding side of the next rib; space
being the distance between two ribs, in the clear, and
room the width of a rib.
To give room, to withdraw; to leave or provide space
unoccupied for others to pass or to be seated.
To make room, to open a space, way, or passage; to remove
obstructions; to give room.
Make room, and let him stand before our face.
Syn: Space; compass; scope; latitude.