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Place.       §7. Another Idea coming under this Head, and belonging to this
Tribe, is that we call Place. As in simple Space, we consider the
relation of Distance between any two Bodies, or Points; so in our
Idea of Place, we consider the relation of Distance betwixt any thing,
and any two or more Points, which are considered, as keeping the
same distance one with another, and so considered as at rest; for
when we find any thing at the same distance now, which it was
Yesterday from any two or more Points, which have not since
changed their distance one with another, and with which we then
compared it, we say it hath kept the same Place: But if it hath
sensibly altered its distance with either of those Points, we say it
hath changed its Place: Though vulgarly speaking in the common
Notion of Place, we do not always exactly observe the distance from
precise Points; but from larger Portions of sensible Objects, to
which we consider the thing placed to bear Relation, and its
distance from which we have some Reason to observe.
Locke Hum II, 13, §7, p. 169