Etymology
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spacing (n.)

"allowing and gauging of intervals between words in setting type," 1680s, verbal noun from space (v.).

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Definitions of spacing

spacing (n.)
the time between occurrences of a repeating event;
some women do not control the spacing of their children
spacing (n.)
the property possessed by an array of things that have space between them;
Synonyms: spatial arrangement
From wordnet.princeton.edu