Definition of interspace in US English:



Pronunciation /ˈin(t)ərˌspās/
  • A space between objects.

    ‘volcanic rock that has been crushed into fragments and the interspaces filled with turquoise and oxide of iron’
    • ‘The light and heat of the sun; these are composed of minute atoms which, when they are shoved off, lose no time in shooting right across the interspace of air in the direction imparted by the shove.’
    • ‘Considering individual microhabitats, however, the distribution was significantly different from that in the seed rain only in open interspaces, with large seeds underrepresented and small seeds overrepresented.’
    • ‘Some of these coarsely plicated specimens have right central and anterior plicae bifurcated into two minor folds and have narrow secondary plicae in the interspaces of the left valves.’
    • ‘With the exception of D. articulata in 1992, all shrub microsites had higher emergence rates than open interspaces.’
    • ‘The intercalations are generally medial between higher-order ribs in the central part of the disk but may be off-center in interspaces or multiple in lateral sectors, particularly on the posterior side.’
    • ‘Insertion should be within the ‘triangle of safety’ through the fifth interspace.’
    • ‘Fine, evenly spaced, simple, prorsiradiate ribs are separated by narrow interspaces.’
    • ‘In the Nevada species the costae are more dense, with narrower interspaces and less of a tendency for medial intercalation.’
    • ‘From the seed rain perspective, seed density was significantly different among microhabitats, with open interspaces collecting few, if any, seeds, and places under source trees receiving the highest densities.’
    • ‘In contrast to this site, La Parrilla is a well-preserved scrubland with dense and large patches composed of tall scrubs, small trees, and vines, separated by open interspaces.’
    • ‘Museum specimens of the Quagga have dark stripes on the head and neck, but further back the stripes become paler and the interspaces darker, until they merge into a plain brownish color.’
    • ‘There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.’
    • ‘The demands of security, weather protection, and access to two internal and three external spaces, result in the interspace becoming a reluctant middle.’
    • ‘In both of these species axial ribs are present only in the interspaces.’
    • ‘The interspaces increase in width from dorsal to ventral.’
    • ‘In Cornulites the outer part of the shell contains numerous vesicular cavities that were never observed to cross the interspaces of the surface annulae, indicating cyclic shell secretion.’
    • ‘During the 1995-1996 experiment, no seedlings survived in the unwatered interspaces between shrubs, whereas maximal survival was obtained by watering seedlings at shaded sites.’
    • ‘Species with sparse foliage (P. terebinthus and R. lycioides) are scattered in open areas and accumulated small or highly variable seed densities. whereas open interspaces seldom received any seeds.’
    • ‘Following the results of the seed rain analysis, cover type was categorized in three classes: species with dense foliage, species with sparse foliage, or open interspaces.’
    • ‘Consequently, this size-dependent pattern of dispersal could make successful recruitment more likely under Q. coccifera and less likely in open interspaces than would be expected based only on microhabitat suitability.’
    interval, space, span, gap, separation, stretch, extent
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[with object]
Pronunciation /ˌin(t)ərˈspās/
usually be interspaced
  • Put or occupy a space between.

    ‘the great four-story houses were interspaced with the ramshackle cottages of the workmen’
    • ‘The session was interspaced with militant slogan shouting and revolutionary songs.’
    • ‘Other Rebels were interspaced through the greenery, all waiting for any sign of enemy troops.’
    • ‘In the end we tried out interspacing all these sounds, but they proved ineffective.’
    • ‘The speeches by spiritual heads were interspaced with Christmas carols by leading church choirs from the city.’