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[room, roo m] /rum, rʊm/
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.
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
Related forms
underroom, noun
5. provision, margin, allowance. Unabridged
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Examples for room
  • 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 feature.
  • Employers who provide for mental health care may cultivate a better balance sheet as well as a happier lunch room.
  • The owner shoots the bird a nasty glare as he hangs up, mutters about being fooled again and stalks out of the room.
  • The pure, flawless crystal conducts electricity faster at room temperature than any other substance.
  • She is awake yet apparently unaware of anything going on in the hospital room around her.
  • Low-tech emergency room therapies can stem the damage from traumatic brain injuries.
  • There is room for debate about the best way to subsidize students.
  • The room grew unbearably hot as researchers gathered to discuss the moral development of students.
British Dictionary definitions for room


/ruːm; rʊm/
space or extent, esp unoccupied or unobstructed space for a particular purpose is there room to pass?
an area within a building enclosed by a floor, a ceiling, and walls or partitions sitting room, dining room
(functioning as singular or pl) the people present in a room the whole room was laughing
(foll by for) opportunity or scope room for manoeuvre
(pl) a part of a house, hotel, etc, that is rented out as separate accommodation; lodgings she got rooms in town
a euphemistic word for lavatory (sense 1)
(intransitive) (mainly US) to occupy or share a room or lodging where does he room?
Derived Forms
roomer, noun
Word Origin
Old English rūm; related to Gothic, Old High German rūm
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Word Origin and History for room
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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Slang definitions & phrases for room



A nightclub; boite, nitery (1950s+ Show business)

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balloon room, bucket shop, elbow room, rumpus room, tearoom

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room in Technology
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In addition to the idiom beginning with
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