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Space and amounts of space

accommodation

noun

an area or space where people can do a particular job or activity

air pocket

noun

a small enclosed area that becomes filled with air

break

noun

a space in something such as a line of traffic

clearance

noun

an amount of space between two things that keeps them from touching each other

distance

noun

the amount of space between two people or things

elbow room

noun

enough space around you so that you are comfortable

expanse

noun

a large area of land, water, or sky

footprint

noun

the amount of space that something uses, for example the area of a desk that a computer fills

gap

noun

a space or opening in the middle of something or between things

headroom

noun

the amount of space between the top of a vehicle and a bridge or the roof of a tunnel

infinity

noun

a space, time, or distance that continues without end or limits

interstice

noun

a very small or narrow space between objects or surfaces

interval

noun

a space or distance between two things

legroom

noun

the amount of space in front of your seat in which you can stretch your legs

nook

noun

a small corner or sheltered space

overflow

noun

something that provides extra space when another space becomes full

pocket

noun

a small area which has a particular quality that makes it different from the areas around it

room

noun

the amount of space that is needed for a particular purpose

section

noun

an area within a place

space

noun

an empty area between things

space

noun

an area used for a particular purpose

space

noun

the area in which everything exists

spacing

noun

the amount of space between things

spatial

adjective

relating to the size, shape, and position of things, and the relation of objects to each other in space

spatial

adjective

relating to people’s ability to understand size, shape, position, and depth

standing room

noun

space where people can stand to watch a performance or sports event, or when travelling on a bus or train

volume

noun

the amount of space something fills, or the amount of space in a container

way

noun

the space or area that a person is using at a particular time

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breakfast rave

a rave … that takes place early in the morning and where there is no alcohol or drugs …

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