vacancy

[vey-kuhn-see]
noun, plural vacancies.
1.
the state of being vacant; emptiness.
2.
a vacant, empty, or unoccupied place, as untenanted lodgings or offices: This building still has no vacancies.
3.
a gap; opening; breach.
4.
an unoccupied position or office: a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
5.
lack of thought or intelligence; vacuity: a look of utter vacancy.
6.
Crystallography. (in a crystal) an imperfection resulting from an unoccupied lattice position. Compare interstitial ( def 3 ).
7.
Archaic. absence of activity; idleness.

Origin:
1570–80; < Medieval Latin vacantia. See vacant, -ancy

nonvacancy, noun, plural nonvacancies.
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vacancy (ˈveɪkənsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  the state or condition of being vacant or unoccupied; emptiness
2.  an unoccupied post or office: we have a vacancy in the accounts department
3.  an unoccupied room in a boarding house, hotel, etc: put the "No Vacancies" sign in the window
4.  lack of thought or intelligent awareness; inanity: an expression of vacancy on one's face
5.  physics a defect in a crystalline solid caused by the absence of an atom, ion, or molecule from its position in the crystal lattice
6.  obsolete idleness or a period spent in idleness

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vacancy
c.1600, "state of being vacant," from L.L. vacantia, from vacans (see vacant). Meaning "available room at a hotel" is recorded from 1953. Related: Vacancies.
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