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

  • n. Space on a page or poster not covered by print or graphic matter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. White area between written characters and graphic regions on a produced page or computer display; blanks and the vertical blank lines in between paragraphs, or other organized rows of text lines (poetry).
  • n. Any single character or series of characters that represents horizontal or vertical space in typography.


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  • white space, n.

    The Guardian, 13 September 2015:

    “It was about one customer feeling like she belonged in that space – it’s kind of like that term they use: ‘white space’,” Johnson, an author, told the Guardian at her home in Antioch, about two hours’ drive from Napa. “And then wine train staff bought into that and used their power to take away our ability to enjoy ourselves and have a good time. I do think it was based on the colour of our skin because everything was great before we arrived at the station. There was a phone, we were invisible … but then we show up – 11 black ladies, one white lady – it was like, ‘Oh’.”

    October 2, 2015

  • Often it is not what you put in, but what you leave out.

    December 1, 2007