Definition of strangeness in US English:



  • 1The state or fact of being strange.

    • ‘As previously, it is not the ‘veracity’ of the painting that concerns her but its semiotic complexities and strangenesses.’
    • ‘The film keeps returning to that image: the frightening strangeness of school-age kids in shorts, killing ruthlessly.’
    • ‘As I write this I am picturing the first time I saw them, the first time I was transfixed by their strangeness, their confidence and their sense of mission.’
    • ‘The feeling of strangeness is quickly replaced by delight, of course.’
    • ‘On the one hand the medium devours eccentrics because viewers find their strangeness exciting.’
    • ‘But now, this t-shirt redeems all the other strangenesses.’
    • ‘We recognize it when we see it, even though it may be in the eyes of the beholder, whereas strangeness is by definition unfamiliar.’
    • ‘The point is simply the implosion of the system, the swarming strangeness of others, the futility of organizing inquiry.’
    • ‘One of the strangenesses of books on writing fiction is the way that each one is written as if there are not whole libraries full of similar manuals out there, and a constant stream of new ones coming along.’
    • ‘I was awed, but it was awe born of familiarity, not strangeness.’
    • ‘Yet, just as in a Chinese painting, the wildness of the scene, and its strangeness, accentuates the impression of harmony and civilisation.’
    • ‘Even the name seems pregnant with significance - that defiant strangeness, those open, dreamy vowels.’
    • ‘Eccentricity, strangeness and individuality I like, conformity I flirt with.’
    • ‘This my sister and I accepted as one of her strangenesses, along with her silence and her fear of the waves.’
    • ‘But there is no strangeness, only the familiarity of a shared past.’
    • ‘For many others, learning Chinese is not for business but a life skill that helps conquer the feeling of strangeness in an unfamiliar city.’
    • ‘However, flipping through the first few authors, I was astonished at the calibre of writing, and amazed by its strangeness.’
    • ‘Whatever the case, fact sometimes surpasses fiction in its immense strangeness.’
    • ‘And this is one of the pleasures and strangenesses of reading him.’
    • ‘Closer inspection of Dee's lamb revealed even more strangeness.’
    oddity, eccentricity, oddness, peculiarity, curiousness, bizarreness, weirdness, queerness, unexpectedness, unusualness, abnormality, atypicality, unfamiliarity, unaccountability, inexplicability, incongruity, incongruousness, outlandishness, irregularity, singularity
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  • 2Physics
    One of six flavors of quark.

    • ‘In our modern understanding, strangeness is conserved during the strong and the electromagnetic interactions, but not during the weak interactions.’
    • ‘The short answer is that strangeness refers to the amount of strange quark content in a given baryon.’
    • ‘Conservation of strangeness is not in fact an independent conservation law.’