Definition of headspace in English:



  • 1The air or empty space left above the contents in a sealed container.

    ‘pour the hot chutney into the jars, leaving 5 mm headspace’
    • ‘The size of the glass is another chief consideration - there has to be enough headspace for the aroma to develop.’
    • ‘Pour the jelly into hot jars, leaving a ¼-inch (6 mm) headspace.’
    • ‘For high-acid foods, jars should be filled to within half an inch of the top of the jar; low-acid foods call for one inch of headspace.’
    • ‘They have patented an interface for APCI-MS that uses a venturi pump to sample air from the nose, mouth or headspace above a food.’
    • ‘Pack the boiling-hot relish into hot, clean pint jars, leaving 1 / 4 inch of headspace.’
    • ‘Warm, moist headspace air can activate mold growth, causing grain to crust and seal over.’
    • ‘When filling jars, you must leave headspace since foods will bubble during cooking.’
    • ‘The partial pressure of CO2 in the headspace of the keg acts the same under higher blended pressures.’
    • ‘Samples of headspace gas were taken periodically and evaluated for CFC content by GC.’
  • 2informal A person's state of mind or mindset.

    ‘if you're not in the right headspace for this stuff it's going to bore you, no matter how well it's done’
    • ‘The last week and a half or so has seen me in fairly odd headspace - I've been pursuing a number of work-related leads, talking to substantial numbers of intriguing people and helping out friends with projects large and small.’
    • ‘I'm probably not in the best headspace for this film at the moment, given my current state, but I thought it was great.’
    • ‘I just got back from visiting my relatives over on the west coast, which always leaves me in a weird headspace.’
    • ‘She's in a very different headspace than I am, and a different place in her real life, so her perspective isn't theoretical.’
    • ‘When I go there, it's simpler to get myself into the appropriate mom-visiting headspace, which is: I do anything she wants.’
    • ‘The whole experience kind of feels as if you're walking around inside an IMAX movie, which, if one is in the proper headspace, could be a pretty cool thing.’
    • ‘Here is something I was inspired to write about the US elections, maybe because it was taking up too much of my headspace!’
    • ‘Did he have to hear the song a lot of times before he got into the right headspace to play something?’
    • ‘The film is so effective at forcing viewers into Simpson's headspace that it can be painful to watch.’
    • ‘I think she got the [accurate] impression that I was in a totally unreachable headspace, and ended the conversation before she'd really said all she wanted to.’
    • ‘This is the natural headspace for a pop critic who has made the jump to the bookshelf from the blurb-littered world of book, CD and film reviews in glossy magazines.’
    • ‘Call it New Age bunk, but it is a mental discipline as well - and I do enter quite a different headspace after class.’
    • ‘That must be why Bynoe, who has penned hundreds of lines of genuine teen angst verse, now has trouble re-entering the angst-y headspace required for this particular type of poetic composition.’
    • ‘I was in a weird headspace earlier today, and I couldn't even really define it for myself.’
    • ‘Whenever she leaves for Canada, she automatically goes into a totally different headspace.’
    • ‘To get in the right headspace, he started working on tracks at his uptown home, removing himself from downtown rock-scene distractions and choosing isolation over inebriation.’
    • ‘It was brilliant because what Ross was doing was getting us all in the same headspace.’
    • ‘When you break up with someone, you have to get back into the right headspace again where you are happy with yourself and life.’
    1. 2.1Time to think clearly or to be free from mental pressures.
      ‘I really need some headspace just now’
      • ‘You justly resent intrusion into what you consider sacrosanct headspace.’
      • ‘My main hope is that I'll give myself enough headspace to get my ideas organised.’
      • ‘When we got there, there was a relief to finally get the headspace we needed and we took advantage of it.’
      • ‘There's no peace to concentrate, no physical space to find your headspace in.’
      • ‘It's just a feeling of being constantly in demand, feeling depleted because of that, and perhaps with little to no headspace.’
      • ‘It's actually not so bad getting sick since it gives me a little more precious headspace.’
      • ‘James told Hannah that he was headed for the Netherlands for a while to find "personal headspace".’
      • ‘My life is so full of people and conversations and encounters and experiences, I tend to view time alone as an opportunity to reflect, relax, be Meg, enjoy headspace.’
      • ‘There's simply no time or headspace, " he says.’
      • ‘With travelling reduced to a manageable (and much more enjoyable) level, stress levels have decreased, and headspace has been restored.’
      • ‘I know I feel a lot more relaxed, and I've caught up on some sleep and headspace, and feel about 1000 better than I did during the week.’