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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  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;
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              All dispositions to idleness or vacancy, even before
              they are habits, are dangerous.       --Sir H.
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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.
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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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