Definition of headspace in English:



mass noun
  • 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.’
    • ‘The partial pressure of CO2 in the headspace of the keg acts the same under higher blended pressures.’
    • ‘Warm, moist headspace air can activate mold growth, causing grain to crust and seal over.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When filling jars, you must leave headspace since foods will bubble during cooking.’
    • ‘Samples of headspace gas were taken periodically and evaluated for CFC content by GC.’
    • ‘Pack the boiling-hot relish into hot, clean pint jars, leaving 1 / 4 inch of headspace.’
    • ‘Pour the jelly into hot jars, leaving a ¼-inch (6 mm) headspace.’
  • 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’
    • ‘She's in a very different headspace than I am, and a different place in her real life, so her perspective isn't theoretical.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The film is so effective at forcing viewers into Simpson's headspace that it can be painful to watch.’
    • ‘Call it New Age bunk, but it is a mental discipline as well - and I do enter quite a different headspace after class.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Did he have to hear the song a lot of times before he got into the right headspace to play something?’
    • ‘Here is something I was inspired to write about the US elections, maybe because it was taking up too much of my headspace!’
    • ‘Whenever she leaves for Canada, she automatically goes into a totally different headspace.’
    • ‘When I go there, it's simpler to get myself into the appropriate mom-visiting headspace, which is: I do anything she wants.’
    • ‘When you break up with someone, you have to get back into the right headspace again where you are happy with yourself and life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was in a weird headspace earlier today, and I couldn't even really define it for myself.’
    • ‘It was brilliant because what Ross was doing was getting us all in the same headspace.’
    1. 2.1 Time to think clearly or to be free from mental pressures.
      ‘I really need some headspace just now’
      • ‘It's just a feeling of being constantly in demand, feeling depleted because of that, and perhaps with little to no headspace.’
      • ‘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 actually not so bad getting sick since it gives me a little more precious headspace.’
      • ‘There's simply no time or headspace, " he says.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You justly resent intrusion into what you consider sacrosanct headspace.’
      • ‘With travelling reduced to a manageable (and much more enjoyable) level, stress levels have decreased, and headspace has been restored.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘James told Hannah that he was headed for the Netherlands for a while to find "personal headspace".’
      • ‘My main hope is that I'll give myself enough headspace to get my ideas organised.’