vacancy

n.

  1. The quality or state of being vacant; emptiness; hence, freedom from employment; intermission; leisure; idleness; listlessness.
  2. That which is vacant.
  3. Empty space; vacuity; vacuum.
  4. 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.
  5. Unemployed time; interval of leisure; time of intermission; vacation.
  6. A place or post unfilled; an unoccupied office; as, a vacancy in the senate, in a school, etc.