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vacancy

[vey-kuh n-see] /ˈveɪ kən si/
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
1570-1580
1570-80; < Medieval Latin vacantia. See vacant, -ancy
Related forms
nonvacancy, noun, plural nonvacancies.
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Examples from the web for vacancy
  • If the member is present at the election, the vacancy is filled as if no one had been elected.
  • When for one reason or another a vacancy occurs, a new member is elected by the others to fill her place.
  • The father knew nothing of this, but sat and looked at the letter in terrified vacancy.
  • Sounding forward with his foot, he found an edge of polished stone, and then vacancy.
  • Meanwhile, the rental vacancy rate is falling steadily.
  • Downtown vacancy rates remain higher than midtown ones, and rents are much lower.
  • Every year there's a pool to guess which mayor or member of a small village will be awarded a vacancy as public servant.
  • As, by simple economics when there will be no vacancy than people wont get jobs.
  • Mall vacancy rates are the highest they've been in a decade.
  • Investors and developers are buying and building big industrial sites, armed with data showing declining vacancy rates.
British Dictionary definitions for vacancy

vacancy

/ˈveɪkənsɪ/
noun (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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Word Origin and History for vacancy
n.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for vacancy

in crystallography, absence of an atom or molecule from a point that it would normally occupy in a crystal. Such an imperfection (crystal defect) in the regular spacing of atoms changes the electrical and optical properties of the crystal. Colour centres are vacancies that give colour to many solids. Vacancies can be created by mechanical deformation of the crystal, rapid cooling from high temperature, or the impact of radiation on the crystal. In the so-called Schottky defect, an atom moves from the inside of the crystal to its surface, leaving behind an isolated vacancy. In the Frenkel defect, an atom moves to a new position between other atoms of the solid. The empty space created by the migration of the atom is a vacancy. The relative numbers of these two types of defects vary from crystal to crystal. See also colour centre.

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