Meaning of white space in English:

white space

noun

  • 1Typography
    The blank areas of a page or other piece of printed matter, as margins, gutters between columns, etc., regarded collectively as an element of layout and design.

  • 2Computing
    (frequently as one word) blank space in electronic text produced by one or more keyed characters, as spaces, tabs, line-breaks, etc.; often attributive as "whitespace character".

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Clothier & Furnisher.