Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being strange.
  • n. Physics A quantum number equal to hypercharge minus baryon number, indicating the possible transformations of an elementary particle upon strong interaction with another elementary particle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being strange, odd or weird.
  • n. The product or result of being strange.
  • n. one of the quantum numbers of subatomic particles that depends upon the relative number of strange quarks and anti-strange quarks

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being strange (in any sense of the adjective).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being strange, in any sense of that word.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (physics) one of the six flavors of quark
  • n. the quality of being alien or not native
  • n. unusualness as a consequence of not being well known

Etymologies

From strange +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We're suspending our disbelief anyway; we know that this strangeness is all a conceit and therefore "could not have happened" (we can hardly ignore the clear literalisation of the figurative that the story is built around, that "dead car" metaphor of daily language), but we are playing the game of all fiction, strange or otherwise, pretending that it "could have happened".

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • "Which 'Labyrinth' Character are you?" brought to you by Quizilla and who couldn't love being compared to this guy? possibly not for obvious reasons, but the strangeness is attractive * smiles* or something ... am not rambling today: P

    January 24th, 2003

  • Perhaps it is better to let the musicality of Lorca's language flow over you, catching up later with Ms. Svich's English rendering to remember what she describes as the strangeness but also the "lucid wakefulness of Lorca's writing."

    NYT > Home Page

  • Their strangeness is more suggested than detailed.

    An Interview With Author Steven R. Boyett « A Working Title

  • The strangeness is not there to be explicated away, but to be exploited.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • On the other hand, the first encounter with any country, with the unavoidable (and wonderful) strangeness, is one of the most exciting and perspective-enhancing experiences one can have.

    First Impressions of Korea | Heretical Ideas Magazine

  • Duncan Fyfe at Hit Self-Destruct this week writes about the certain strangeness we have come to accept in our game protagonists.

    The Week in Videogame Blogging #3

  • Whatever the direction, more strangeness is bound to come.

    Notes on a Very Strange Election

  • If multiple anomalies are introduced into a text, each potentially carrying its own distinct boulomaic modality or tension of modalities, how do the interactions of residual modalities affect the reader's reactions and the subsequent shifts as and when each new strangeness is first introduced and then resolved into an anomaly?

    Freeform Critique

  • If multiple artifices are introduced into a text, each potentially carrying its own distinct boulomaic modality or tension of modalities, how do the interactions of residual modalities affect the reader's reactions and the subsequent shifts as and when each new strangeness is first introduced and then resolved into an artifice?

    Freeform Critique

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