Science is not a religion. No one is treating it as such.For one thing I don't believe my question is straying away from my original topic of a vacuum. I believe it's going to the very heart of it. Sorry, but I find it hard to except something just because an authority says it's so, especially if it doesn't seem to be consistent, and hopefully you have a healthy dose of skepticism, yourself. Science was never meant to be a religion, and I would appreciate it if you would not treat as such. You are under no obligation to answer my question. And, apparently the fact that it is not an irrational question is betrayed by the fact that you have said, "I'm sick of saying this now."
The "authority" on this matter is science, worldwide science and the associated scientists - not the people on the street. There is absolutely no debate on what a vacuum consists of and the definition is consistent wherever you see it.
Vacuum has a scientifically accepted definition. That's the end of it.
Every dictionary has the same definition of a vacuum - what the people think is irrelevant. If the people don't understand a word then that is their problem. It doesn't make their use correct.
I'm sick of giving the definition. It isn't going to change and there's no debate on that matter. Vacuum describes an area with no matter in it.