meaning of space

1. Extension, considered independently of anything which it may contain; that which makes extended objects conceivable and possible.
Place, having more or less extension; room.
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.
Quantity of time; an interval between two points of time; duration; time.
A short time; a while.
Walk; track; path; course.
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.
One of the intervals, or open places, between the lines of the staff.
To walk; to rove; to roam.
To arrange or adjust the spaces in or between; as, to space words, lines, or letters.
space The space character, ASCII 32. See octal forty. space-cadet keyboard A now-legendary device used on MIT Lisp machines, which inspired several still-current jargon terms and influenced the design of Emacs. It was equipped with no fewer than *seven* shift keys: four keys for bucky bits "control", "meta", "hyper", and "super" and three like regular shift keys, called "shift", "top", and "front". Many keys had three symbols on them: a letter and a symbol on the top, and a Greek letter on the front. For example, the "L" key had an "L" and a two-way arrow on the top, and the Greek letter lambda on the front. By pressing this key with the right hand while playing an appropriate "chord" with the left hand on the shift keys, you could get the following results: Llowercase l shift-Luppercase L front-Llowercase lambda front-shift-Luppercase lambda top-Ltwo-way arrow front and shift are ignored And of course each of these might also be typed with any combination of the control, meta, hyper, and super keys. On this keyboard, you could type over 8000 different characters! This allowed the user to type very complicated mathematical text, and also to have thousands of single-character commands at his disposal. Many hackers were actually willing to memorise the command meanings of that many characters if it reduced typing time this attitude obviously shaped the interface of Emacs. Other hackers, however, thought that many bucky bits was overkill, and objected that such a keyboard can require three or four hands to operate. See cokebottle, double bucky, meta bit, quadruple bucky. Note: early versions of this entry incorrectly identified the space-cadet keyboard with the "Knight keyboard". Though both were designed by Tom Knight, the latter term was properly applied only to a keyboard used for ITS on the PDP-10 and modelled on the Stanford keyboard as described under bucky bits. The true space-cadet keyboard evolved from the Knight keyboard. [Jargon File]
the unlimited expanse in which everything is located; "they tested his ability to locate objects in ">space"

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