Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who works in space.
  • n. An object inserted to hold a space open in a row of items, e.g. beads or printed type.
  • n. A bushing.
  • n. A forgetful person.
  • n. A type of add-on device used by an asthmatic person to increase the effectiveness of a metered-dose inhaler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A device used in cable telegraphy for reversing the current at proper intervals, thus increasing the speed of transmission: also used for a somewhat similar purpose on land-lines.
  • n. In a typewriter, a key, and the mechanism connected with it, by which spaces are made between words.
  • n. In a type-setting machine, a device for spacing words.
  • n. Anything by which a space or interval is made.

Etymologies

to space + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The first twenty-one pills have a combination of synthetic estrogen and progestin hormones; the last seven pills have no hormones and are called spacer pills, sugar pills, or inactive pills.

    OUR BODIES, OURSELVES

  • -- The use of a double-dose of fluid called spacer in the well.

    Hearings focus on possible human factors in BP oil spill

  • I invented an extremely low-cost version of a device, known as a spacer, that dramatically increases the amount of medication that can reach the lungs of a child to relieve the symptoms of an asthma attack.

    A Good and Cheap Asthma Solution - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • A spacer is a chamber that attaches to an inhaler, captures the discharged medication and holds it until the patient inhales it.

    A Good and Cheap Asthma Solution - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • It is common knowledge that when a warp thread drops out, its place is indicated by a thinness or fine opening for the whole length of the missing warp, and this is so because the reed, besides pushing the weft into position, also acts as a warp spacer, that is to say it keeps the warp threads properly apart, every one being properly aligned.

    Ancient Egyptian and Greek Looms

  • The sequence located between the ribozyme and the biosensor binding domains on the HCV target, the so-called spacer domain, was always kept between 4 and 7 nt in length as this length has been shown to be optimal

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • The remedy being readied by Toyota and its supplier CTS Corp involves a shim, also called a spacer, that will be placed in the accelerator to keep it from sticking, sources said.

    Daily News & Analysis

  • The remedy being readied by Toyota and its accelerator supplier, CTS Corp, involves a shim, also called a spacer, that will be placed in the accelerator to keep it from sticking, sources have said.

    Reuters: Top News

  • The remedy being readied by Toyota and CTS involves a shim, also called a spacer, that will be placed in the accelerator to keep it from sticking, sources said.

    Moneycontrol Top Headlines

  • The remedy being readied by Toyota and CTS elsewhere involves a shim, also called a spacer, that will be placed in the accelerator to keep it from sticking when affected by condensation, sources said.

    FinanzNachrichten.de: Aktuelle Nachrichten

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