Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition of being vacant or unoccupied.
  • n. An empty or unoccupied space.
  • n. A position, office, or place of accommodation that is unfilled or unoccupied.
  • n. Emptiness of mind; inanity.
  • n. A crystal defect caused by the absence of an atom, ion, or molecule in a crystal lattice.
  • n. Archaic A period of leisure; idleness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An unoccupied position or job.
  • n. An available room in a hotel; guest house, etc.
  • n. Empty space.
  • n. Lack of intelligence or understanding.
  • n. A defect in a crystal caused by the absence of an atom in a lattice

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being vacant; emptiness; hence, freedom from employment; intermission; leisure; idleness; listlessness.
  • n. That which is vacant.
  • n. Empty space; vacuity; vacuum.
  • n. An open or unoccupied space between bodies or things; an interruption of continuity; chasm; gap.
  • n. Unemployed time; interval of leisure; time of intermission; vacation.
  • n. A place or post unfilled; an unoccupied office

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being vacant, empty, or unoccupied.
  • n. Specifically, emptiness of mind; idleness; listlessness.
  • n. That which is vacant or unoccupied.
  • n. An intermediate space; a gap; a chasm.
  • n. An interval of time not devoted to the ordinary duties or business of life; unoccupied, unemployed, or leisure time; holiday time; vacation; relaxation.
  • n. An unoccupied or unfilled post, position, or office: as, a vacancy in the judicial bench.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. being unoccupied
  • n. an empty area or space

Etymologies

From vac(ant) +‎ -ancy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The rule on vacancy is a disincentive to tearing a property down.

    Builders Rep Raps City for Vacancy Ordinance « PubliCola

  • Mr. Guinee said in an interview: "I was merely trying to determine the likelihood of near term vacancy and refilling that vacancy in a market that is one of the worst in the country."

    Testy Exchange

  • Besides, for practical purposes most Senators are selected by State governors in vacancy filling appointments, then rubber-stamp elected.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Repeal the 17th Amendment?

  • I see him now, excellent and venerable old man! his eyes wandered in vacancy, for they had lost their charm and their delight — his niece, his more than daughter, whom he doated on with all that affection which a man feels, who, in the decline of life, having few affections, clings more earnestly to those that remain.

    Chapter 6

  • I see him now, excellent and venerable old man! his eyes wandered in vacancy, for they had lost their charm and their delight — his

    Chapter 23

  • Ending lifetime appointment would hopefully end the apocalyptic kabuki theater both sides engage in every time a Supreme Court vacancy is open.

    Matthew Yglesias » Presidential Trouble

  • – Another top candidate from last year's high court vacancy is again on the short list.

    Sources: Obama expected to make high court pick by early May

  • The Michigan governor, who made it to the vetting level during the last Supreme Court vacancy, is mum on the specifics this time around.

    State of the Union: Candy Crowley's Crib Sheet for April 25

  • I'm not sure what happens in Florida when a representative resigns and how the vacancy is filled.

    September 2006

  • That would make it interesting for a Bush second term, effectively ending the Republicans 'hold on the legislative branch, and it would ensure that any right-wing nut job nominated for a Supreme Court vacancy is Borked.

    October 2004

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