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The mathematical definition is definitley too restricted (it's basically the definition of a vector space)- I'm wondering if a modification of the definition given in wp wouldn't be better: "a set, with some particular properties and usually some additional structure; the exact formulation of which depends on the space in question" \Mike 10:20, 22 September 2005 (UTC)

RFC discussion: October 2012[edit]

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The wording of some of the definitions does not communicate meaning well, especially in the absence of usage examples, usage contexts, or citations. Some of the definitions seem to be attempting some kind of technical accuracy, but achieve it only at the expense of intelligibility. I have made some changes, but more is needed. A tip of the hat to the anon who commented at Wiktionary:Feedback#space. DCDuring TALK 03:38, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

I have had a go at sense#5. It was,
  1. (uncountable) The volume beyond the atmosphere of planets that consists of a relative vacuum.
and is now,
  1. (uncountable) The near-vacuum between planets and stars.
    The satellite was launched into space in August
    The Hubble telescope was a major advance in the exploration of deep space
In my opinion, sense#6 is the same meaning and should be combined. It is tne technical definition used by NASA, but refers to the same thing. Or even removed as encyclopaedic.
I have also amended sense#1 which was,
  1. (uncountable) The intervening contents of a volume.
and is now,
  1. (countable) A volume, or an empty volume.
    It is not possible to stack eggs without spaces between them whereas it is possible to stack bricks without spaces
However, my definition is clearly not uncountable, as originally stated, so I might be missing something here.
The geometry sense also needs some work. SpinningSpark 11:14, 9 October 2012 (UTC)
Sense#4 and sense#13 also seem to be identical. SpinningSpark 11:24, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

Lots of work has been done on this one, and I'm going to call it closed now. (I did my best to match up the old translation tables to the newly-defined senses; hopefully not too much got lost in transfer.) Ƿidsiþ 08:22, 30 October 2012 (UTC)