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See also: space-time


the 'fabric' of spacetime


From space +‎ time, as a calque of German Raumzeit, introduced in this sense by Hermann Minkowski.


spacetime (countable and uncountable, plural spacetimes)

  1. (uncountable, physics) The four-dimensional continuum of the three spatial dimensions plus time.
    An event is a point in spacetime, specified by the coordinates x, y, z, and t.
  2. (physics) An n-dimensional continuum consisting of dimensions of both space and time. Normally spacetime is considered as having 4 dimensions (x, y, z, t), but higher-dimensional spacetimes are often encountered in theoretical physics, e.g. the 5-dimensional spacetime of Kaluza-Klein theory or the 11 dimensions of spacetime in M-theory.
  3. (relativity) A specific region of the universe with mathematically different properties than the surrounding spacetime. Synonymous with "metric" within the context of general relativity.
    "a Schwarzschild spacetime," "a Reissner-Nordström spacetime," etc. as opposed to sense (2) describing the universe's spacetime as a whole: "a Minkowski spacetime," "a 5-dimensional spacetime," etc.

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