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  • n. An unoccupied space where something may be stored
  • n. An unoccupied area or volume.
  • n. Vacuum; a space containing nothing at all


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  • Where once the immovable stone span had arched gracefully over the Pedetp, there was now a vast empty space in the air above the river.

    Running from the Deity

  • Then they were in, a confusion of footsteps on the wooden floor, and, sounding terrifyingly inside the room with us, Carmody's voice said, "What's this!" its sound hollow in the empty space we sat in, and Julia's hand on my arm squeezed down hard.

    Time and Again

  • Three of the men were set upon going out upon the celebrated overhanging rock -- three thousand feet, more or less, over empty space -- to be photographed, and, would he or wouldn't he, the old 'Professor,' as with friendly impudence, meaning no disrespect, they had dubbed him, must go along and have his picture taken with the rest.

    On Foot in the Yosemite

  • Removing a control wand not unlike those in the posĀ­session of his military colleagues, he adjusted it while waving at the empty space between them.

    The False Mirror

  • At most it provided the relief of empty space from the miles all around it of narrow corridor-streets between high building walls.

    Time and Again

  • But then one hundred years ago who would have dreamt that the solid world is really 99.9999999999999 percent empty space made solid by hypothetical, force-carrying, massless particles?


  • Of this I am sufficiently convinced by the potency of the virtues of pneumatical bodies (which otherwise would be floating in empty space like fine dust) and by many other proofs.

    The New Organon

  • Others said that the Tarnians themselves had triggered the dire event by grubbing too much gold from the bowels of their mountains, so that hellfire seeped up to fill the empty space and spewed forth sky-darkening smoke.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • Something horrific that howled and writhed and roared through empty space within an area that was three hundred million light-years across and one hundred million megaparsecs in volume.

    Running from the Deity

  • She pointed, and I turned to stare across Fifty-ninth Street to where the Plaza ought to be; instead there was only empty space as though the hotel had been wiped from the scene.

    Time and Again


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