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Is there an elegant one-word english term for datums made of a combination of (meeting) time (span or point) and place?

Naturally you could say "time and place of ...", but when you speak of a meeting, you normally want to refer to them both at a time.

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  • There is no way to refer to time and place as only a single thing. Why would there be?
    – Lambie
    Mar 21, 2023 at 14:38
  • @Lambie: Because it's a useful thing that people sometimes want to refer to? "Send me the <timeandplace> of the meeting, and I'll be there!"
    – psmears
    Mar 21, 2023 at 14:45
  • Details or arrangements - in the real world you don't just want coordinates and time, but to know who's running the meeting and what the topic is.
    – Stuart F
    Mar 21, 2023 at 14:52
  • @psmears Yes, the time and place of the meeting. There is no single word for that. I repeat: How could there be? So silly as to be stupid.
    – Lambie
    Mar 21, 2023 at 15:10
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    @Lambie: There are all sorts of words that refer to a combination of things that people commonly want to refer to together. There may not be one for precisely this example, but it's not stupid to imagine that there might be.
    – psmears
    Mar 21, 2023 at 15:18

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Well apart from bikeshedding your variable names this isn't such a bad question actually.

In physics space and time are considered to be aspects of the same thing, called spacetime.

One term I've seen used to describe something located in spacetime is event, but this term already has enough meanings (especially in computing). Here are some places the Wikipedia article uses this term:

In cosmology, the concept of spacetime combines space and time to a single abstract universe. Mathematically it is a manifold consisting of "events" which are described by some type of coordinate system. Typically three spatial dimensions (length, width, height), and one temporal dimension (time) are required.

For example, on the globe the latitude and longitude are two independent coordinates which together uniquely determine a location. In spacetime, a coordinate grid that spans the 3+1 dimensions locates events (rather than just points in space), i.e., time is added as another dimension to the coordinate grid.

Spacetimes are the arenas in which all physical events take place—an event is a point in spacetime specified by its time and place.

The basic elements of spacetime are events. In any given spacetime, an event is a unique position at a unique time.

Apart from that you will also see point in spacetime and location in spacetime used.

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  • +1: This is very interesting but unfortunately "point in spacetime" isn't a better term than "time and place of ..." for a dumb thing like a meeting.
    – Jo So
    Oct 14, 2013 at 17:15
  • Yep sometimes answers can be both correct and unhelpful - sorry about that. Maybe somebody knows a completely different term though. I'm now thinking appointment and date often include a meeting place as well as a meeting time. Oct 14, 2013 at 17:17
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The dictionary defines rendezvous as:

an arrangement to meet someone, especially secretly, at a particular place and time, or the place itself:

It's not precisely what you're asking for, but it might work depending on the exact context you need.

Other options that might work include setting:

the time and the place in which the action of a book, film, play, etc. happens

or appointment:

a formal arrangement to meet or visit someone at a particular time and place

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'Time&place'? Is that any good?

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