What does strangeness mean?

Definitions for strangeness
ˈstreɪndʒ nɪsstrange·ness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unfamiliarity, strangenessnoun

    unusualness as a consequence of not being well known

  2. strangenessnoun

    (physics) one of the six flavors of quark

  3. foreignness, strangeness, curiousnessnoun

    the quality of being alien or not native

    "the strangeness of a foreigner"


  1. strangenessnoun

    The state or quality of being strange, odd or weird.

  2. strangenessnoun

    The product or result of being strange.

  3. strangenessnoun

    one of the quantum numbers of subatomic particles that depends upon the relative number of strange quarks and anti-strange quarks

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Strangenessnoun

    Etymology: from strange.

    If I will obey the Gospel, no distance of place, no strangeness of country can make any man a stranger to me. Thomas Sprat.

    Ungird thy strangeness, and tell me what I shall vent to my lady. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    Will you not observe
    The strangeness of his alter’d countenance? William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Men worthier than himself
    Here tend the savage strangeness he puts on;
    And undergo, in an observing kind,
    His humourous predominance. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

    This raised greater tumults and boilings in the hearts of men, than the strangeness and seeming unreasonableness of all the former articles. Robert South, Sermons.

    In this peace there was an article that no Englishman should enter into Scotland, and no Scottishman into England, without letters commendatory: this might seem a means to continue a strangeness between the nations; but it was done to lock in the borderers. Francis Bacon.

    If a man, for curiosity or strangeness sake, would make a puppet pronounce a word, let him consider the motion of the instruments of voice, and the like sounds made in inanimate bodies. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strangenessnoun

    the state or quality of being strange (in any sense of the adjective)


  1. Strangeness

    In particle physics, strangeness S is a property of particles, expressed as a quantum number, for describing decay of particles in strong and electromagnetic reactions, which occur in a short period of time. The strangeness of a particle is defined as: where ns represents the number of strange quarks and ns represents the number of strange antiquarks. The terms strange and strangeness predate the discovery of the quark, and were adopted after its discovery in order to preserve the continuity of the phrase; strangeness of anti-particles being referred to as +1, and particles as −1 as per the original definition. For all the quark flavor quantum numbers the convention is that the flavor charge and the electric charge of a quark have the same sign. With this, any flavor carried by a charged meson has the same sign as its charge.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strangeness in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strangeness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of strangeness in a Sentence

  1. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    It is only a short step from exaggerating what we can find in the world to exaggerating our power to remake the world. Expecting more novelty than there is, more greatness than there is, and more strangeness than there is, we imagine ourselves masters of a plastic universe. But a world we can shape to our will is a shapeless world.

  2. Alexander Smith:

    Your death and my death are mainly of importance to ourselves. The black plumes will be stripped off our hearses within the hour; tears will dry, hurt hearts close again, our graves grow level with the church-yard, and although we are away, the world wags on. It does not miss us; and those who are near us, when the first strangeness of vacancy wears off, will not miss us much either.

  3. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    The modern American tourist now fills his experience with pseudo-events. He has come to expect both more strangeness and more familiarity than the world naturally offers. He has come to believe that he can have a lifetime of adventure in two weeks and all the thrills of risking his life without any real risk at all.

  4. Shannon Farrell:

    She has swabbed countless people at the clinic since, wondering if shes exposing herself to the virus. Like many of her colleagues working in the COVID-19 world, she takes every possible precaution ; she showers at work after her shift, trying to ensure that she doesnt expose her parents to anything. Her work clothes go immediately into the washing machine. I just feel like this is such an unknown, said Koplin, who plans to return to bobsled next fall assuming bobsled season happens. Theres so many uncertainties and Im like, I dont want to take any chances in the sense that Im dragging this super-contagious virus around my house. Bren Jensen can relate. Shes a COVID-19 survivor. Being a survivor is her specialty. She lost a leg in a lawn-mower accident as a child and went on to represent the U.S. in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympics. She caught the virus, and a doctor that she shares an office with tested positive soon afterward. Theres no way of knowing how Bren Jensen got it or if she transmitted it to anyone else, but she was racked by guilt anyway. Ill be the first to admit that I was very skeptical, Bren Jensen said. Those first couple of weeks, I was even telling patients, Theres really not much to be concerned about unless you have underlying health issues or chronic lung disease. And then I came down with it and I realized how serious it was, because Im completely healthy and it took me down. She stayed down for three weeks, then returned to work. Her office has gone to whats called virtual visits, where patients are being seen remotely. Thats been a lifesaver just to keep everybody else calm, Bren Jensen said. Calmness is something Shannon Farrell has not found easily. Last week, she and another nurse held a mans hand as Shannon Farrell died, separated from Shannon Farrell family because of the threat of the virus. Easter dinner with her own family a couple days later was held outside, in a Wendys parking lot, social distancing practiced as they stood around their cars. The strangeness has been impossibly hard for Shannon Farrell to process. She knew as a high school junior, seven years ago, that this was her calling. But this may be beyond any worst-case scenario she envisioned. I helped to take care of my grandmother when she was sick with leukemia, and I remember liking that feeling of being helpful and making her feel more comfortable.

  5. Francis Bacon:

    There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

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    interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by means of'
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