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Here's a riddle about an ambitious word which wants to be used more often

In space I am already
The problem is the lack of space in me
Chant me at the confectionary
Chant me at the ball bearings factory
Or if it turns out a bit forced
Use me in boolean algebra

Hint time:

The space referred to in the first line is actual space while the space in the second line refers to a 'space' splitting the word in two, forming other words. The wordplay in the following clues ignore that the word lacks this space.

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I think you are a

Galaxy

In space i am already

There are an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the universe.

The problem is the lack of space in me

Galaxies tend to be filled with stars and planets plus, potentially, a large amount of dark matter.

Chant me at the confectionary

Galaxy chocolate

Chant me at the ball bearings factory

Galaxy Bearings Ltd

Or if it turns out a bit forced
Use me in boolean algebra

I found this example of forcing in the analysis of hyperreal numbers. A universe is constructed in a Boolean-valued model of set theory and an object called a principal galaxy is defined on page 288. Apparently, this is a common usage in non-standard analysis.

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Is it

a torus

in space

Van Allen belt is toroidal, so are some fuel tanks on probes

lack of space in me

torus has a hole in the middle of it

at the confectionary

one can find donuts, which are torus

ball bearings factory

ring of bearing is radially flattened steel torus

forced

a wedding can be forced, symbolised by a ring which is a torus

Boolean algebra

a wedding is an union, union is a boolean operation

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice take! The intended answer is more word-play'iy and only the first line relates to the words real meaning. $\endgroup$ – Adam Jan 28 at 13:09

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