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Borrowed from Latin interspatium. By surface analysis, inter- +‎ space.


  • (UK)
    • (noun): enPR: ĭnʹtə-spās,IPA(key): /ˈɪntəspeɪs/
    • (file)
    • (verb): enPR: ĭn-tə-spāsʹ,IPA(key): /ɪntəˈspeɪs/
    • (file)
  • (US)
    • (noun): enPR: ĭnʹtər-spās,IPA(key): /ˈɪntɚspeɪs/
    • (verb): enPR: ĭn-tər-spāsʹ,IPA(key): /ɪntɚˈspeɪs/


interspace (plural interspaces)

  1. A space or interval between two things; an interstice
    • 1818 [1809–10], Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Friend, footnote; republished as “Essay XIII”, in The Friend: A Series of Essays, London: Bell & Daldy, 1867, page 55:
      It is the object of the mechanical atomistic philosophy to confound synthesis with synartesis, or rather with mere juxtaposition of corpuscles separated by invisible interspaces.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, volume 1, London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., page 49:
      Tess sat up in bed, lost in a vague interspace between a dream and this information.
    • 1988, Shepard R. Hurwitz, Foot and Ankle Pain, page 331:
      In a review of over 1000 interdigital clavuses, 65% were found in the fourth interspace []




interspace (third-person singular simple present interspaces, present participle interspacing, simple past and past participle interspaced)

  1. (transitive) To place (things) spaced out between other things.
  2. (transitive) To sow or seed (an area) with things spaced out between other things.
    • 1916, Bulletin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, numbers 151-175, page 18:
      When such species as European larch, white pine, or black walnut are widely spaced, in order to promote the most rapid growth, it may be advisable to interspace the area with some more tolerant and slower-growing species.