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1. The quality or condition of being strange.
2. Physics
a. A quantum property of strange quarks and of hadrons that contain strange quarks that is conserved in electromagnetic and strong interactions, but may not be conserved in weak interactions that cause the decay of strange hadrons.
b. The quantum number represented by this property, equal to the difference between the number of strange antiquarks and the number of strange quarks.


1. the state or quality of being strange
2. (General Physics) physics a property of certain elementary particles, characterized by a quantum number (strangeness number) conserved in strong and electromagnetic but not in weak interactions. It is associated with the presence of strange quarks


(ˈstreɪndʒ nɪs)

1. the state, quality, or condition of being strange.
2. Physics. the quantized property assigned to the strange quark.


  1. Alien and mysterious and uncanny, like sleeping out in the jungle alone —Christopher Isherwood
  2. Eerie as a man carving his own epitaph —William Mcllvanney
  3. Miraculous as fire in the snow —Sam Shepard
  4. Mysterious as an Agatha Christie story with the last page torn out —James Brooke
  5. Mysterious as cells seen under a microscope —Ann Beattie

    In Beattie’s story, Janus, the comparison refers to the bits of color in a ceramic bowl.

  6. Mysterious as tea leaves —Vincent Canby
  7. Mystery emanated from her like a fire alarm —Richard Ford
  8. Peculiar as a middle-aged man undressed —David Denby
  9. Queer as a green kielbasa —Petter Meinke

    A colloquialism on the same theme: “Queer as a three dollar bill.”

  10. Queer as a jaybird —Anon
  11. The scenes and incidents had the strangeness of the transcendental, as if they were snatches torn from lives on other planets that had somehow drifted to the earth —Boris Pasternak
  12. Strange as a wedding without a bridegroom —Anon
  13. Strange, eerie: like something out of a fairy tale —T. Coraghessan Boyle


The following words can all be used to describe someone whose character or appearance is different from that of most other people:


If you say, for example, 'She's odd' or 'She's an odd woman', you are talking about someone's character. If you say 'She looks odd' or 'She has an odd face', you are describing her appearance.

1. 'unusual'

Unusual is a neutral word which does not show approval or disapproval.

I was not prepared for this unusual man.
They have replanted many areas with rare and unusual plants.
2. 'interesting' and 'striking'

Interesting and striking are used to indicate approval. Striking is only used to describe someone's appearance, not their character.

...filling your life up with interesting new acquaintances.
You've got a very interesting face. Striking.
3. 'extraordinary'

When extraordinary is used to describe someone's character, it usually indicates approval.

She was an extraordinary, fascinating woman.
4. other words

Bizarre, curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer, strange, and weird indicate amusement or disapproval when they are used to describe people.

His old school tie and blazer looked distinctly bizarre.
There was something a bit odd about this woman.
The girl was wearing a very peculiar trouser suit.
He's different. He's weird.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.strangeness - unusualness as a consequence of not being well known
unusualness - uncommonness by virtue of being unusual
queerness, quirk, quirkiness, oddity, crotchet - a strange attitude or habit
eeriness, ghostliness - strangeness by virtue of being mysterious and inspiring fear
freakishness, abnormality - marked strangeness as a consequence of being abnormal
singularity - strangeness by virtue of being remarkable or unusual
bizarreness, outlandishness, weirdness - strikingly out of the ordinary
quaintness - strangeness as a consequence of being old fashioned; "some words in her dialect had a charming quaintness"
eccentricity - strange and unconventional behavior
2.strangeness - (physics) one of the six flavors of quark
flavour, flavor - (physics) the six kinds of quarks
high energy physics, high-energy physics, particle physics - the branch of physics that studies subatomic particles and their interactions
3.strangeness - the quality of being alien or not native; "the strangeness of a foreigner"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
exoticism, exoticness, exotism - the quality of being exotic; "he loved the exoticism of Egypt"
alienage, alienism - the quality of being alien


undarleiki; framandleiki


[ˈstreɪndʒnɪs] N
1. (= oddness) → lo extraño, rareza f
2. (= unfamiliarity) → novedad f


[ˈstreɪndʒnəs] nétrangeté f


(= oddness)Seltsamkeit f, → Merkwürdigkeit f
(= unfamiliarity)Fremdheit f; (of work, activity)Ungewohntheit f


(streindʒ) adjective
1. not known, seen etc before; unfamiliar or foreign. What would you do if you found a strange man in your house?; Whenever you're in a strange country, you should take the opportunity of learning the language.
2. unusual, odd or queer. She had a strange look on her face; a strange noise.
ˈstrangely adverb
ˈstrangeness noun
ˈstranger noun
1. a person who is unknown to oneself. I've met her once before, so she's not a complete stranger (to me).
2. a visitor. I can't tell you where the post office is – I'm a stranger here myself.
strange to say/tell/relate
surprisingly. Strange to say, he did pass his exam after all.
strangely enough
it is strange (that). He lives next door, but strangely enough I rarely see him.
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