[room, room]
a portion of space within a building or other structure, separated by walls or partitions from other parts: a dining room.
rooms, lodgings or quarters, as in a house or building.
the persons present in a room: The whole room laughed.
space or extent of space occupied by or available for something: The desk takes up too much room.
opportunity or scope for something: room for improvement; room for doubt.
status or a station in life considered as a place: He fought for room at the top.
capacity: Her brain had no room for trivia.
Mining. a working area cut between pillars.
verb (used without object)
to occupy a room or rooms; lodge.

before 900; Middle English roum(e), Old English rūm; cognate with Dutch ruim, German Raum

underroom, noun

5. provision, margin, allowance. Unabridged
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room (ruːm, rʊm)
1.  space or extent, esp unoccupied or unobstructed space for a particular purpose: is there room to pass?
2.  an area within a building enclosed by a floor, a ceiling, and walls or partitions: sitting room; dining room
3.  (functioning as singular or plural) the people present in a room: the whole room was laughing
4.  (foll by for) opportunity or scope: room for manoeuvre
5.  (plural) a part of a house, hotel, etc, that is rented out as separate accommodation; lodgings: she got rooms in town
6.  a euphemistic word for lavatory
7.  chiefly (US) (intr) to occupy or share a room or lodging: where does he room?
[Old English rūm; related to Gothic, Old High German rūm]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. rum "space," from P.Gmc. *ruman (cf. O.N., O.S., O.H.G., Goth. rum, Ger. Raum "space," Du. ruim "hold of a ship, nave"), nouns formed from Gmc. adj. *ruma- "roomy, spacious," perhaps from a PIE base *rew- "wide, open" (cf. Avestan ravah- "space," L. rus "open country," O.Ir. roi, roe "plain field").
Original sense preserved in make room "clear space for oneself" (1375); meaning "chamber, cabin" first recorded 1312 as a nautical term, and first applied 1457 to chambers within houses. The O.E. word for this was cofa, ancestor of cove. The verb meaning "to occupy rooms" (especially with another) as a lodger" is first recorded 1828. Room-service is attested from 1930; room-temperature from 1924. Adj. roomy is attested from 1627. Roommate is first attested 1789, Amer.Eng. (short form roomie is from 1918). Roomth "sufficient space" (1540) now is obsolete.
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room definition


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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with room, also see not enough room to swing a cat; take up space (room).

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Example sentences
Instead of building one huge battery store in a dedicated room, many
  cabinet-sized battery packs are spread among the servers.
Guidelines and instructions for building a safe room.
Which is why a bonus room, designed with flexibility in mind, is a popular
Employers who provide for mental health care may cultivate a better balance
  sheet as well as a happier lunch room.
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