Vacancy

Va"can*cy

(?), n.;
pl. Vacancies (#).
[Cf. F. vacance.]
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1. The quality or state of being vacant; emptiness; hence, freedom from employment; intermission; leisure; idleness; listlessness.
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All dispositions to idleness or vacancy, even before they are habits, are dangerous.
Sir H. Wotton.
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2. That which is vacant. Specifically: --
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(a) Empty space; vacuity; vacuum.
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How is't with you,
That you do bend your eye on vacancy?
Shak.
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(b) An open or unoccupied space between bodies or things; an interruption of continuity; chasm; gap; as, a vacancy between buildings; a vacancy between sentences or thoughts.
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(c) Unemployed time; interval of leisure; time of intermission; vacation.
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Time lost partly in too oft idle vacancies given both to schools and universities.
Milton.
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No interim, not a minute's vacancy.
Shak.
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Those little vacancies from toil are sweet.
Dryden.
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(d) A place or post unfilled; an unoccupied office; as, a vacancy in the senate, in a school, etc.
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