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 spatium on Latin Wikipedia


From Proto-Indo-European *speh₁- (to stretch, to pull). Some make this cognate with Latin pēnūria, Ancient Greek σπάω (spáō), πένομαι (pénomai), πένης (pénēs), πόνος (pónos), πεῖνα (peîna), σπάνις (spánis), English span.



spatium n (genitive spatiī); second declension

  1. Space, room, extent
  2. Distance between points
  3. A square, walk, or promenade
  4. Racetrack, lap or a race, or racecourse
  5. Period or interval of time
  6. Quantity of length
  7. Time or leisure, as with opportunity


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative spatium spatia
genitive spatiī
dative spatiō spatiīs
accusative spatium spatia
ablative spatiō spatiīs
vocative spatium spatia

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

Derived termsEdit



  • spatium in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • spatium in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • spatium in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • spatium in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • at a great distance: longo spatio, intervallo interiecto
    • to finish a very long journey: longum itineris spatium emetiri
    • to require, give, take time for deliberation: tempus (spatium) deliberandi or ad deliberandum postulare, dare, sibi sumere
    • to give some one a few days for reflection: paucorum dierum spatium ad deliberandum dare
    • after some time: spatio temporis intermisso
    • to give time for recovery: respirandi spatium dare
  • spatium in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016