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[streynj-nis] /ˈstreɪndʒ nɪs/
the quality or condition of being strange.
Physics. a quantum number assigned the value −1 for one kind of quark, +1 for its antiquark, and 0 for all other quarks; the strangeness of a hadron is the sum of the values for the strangeness of its constituent quarks and antiquarks. Symbol: S.
Compare strange quark.
Origin of strangeness
1350-1400; Middle English; see strange, -ness Unabridged
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  • Then at last a sense of the strangeness of this scene rushed in a wave over the consciousness of the lonely dweller in the castle.

    The Castle Of The Shadows Alice Muriel Williamson
  • All that surrounds him—all that belongs to him, is strangeness and mystery!

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • We cannot envisage them unless we manage to invest them with some of the freshness which is due to strangeness.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • But the strangeness and wonder were under the long eyelids, and in the woman's hands.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • He exaggerated the "strangeness" of the conqueror's "purpose."

British Dictionary definitions for strangeness


the state or quality of being strange
(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
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strangeness in Science
The property of containing a strange quark or antiquark. Strangeness is expressed in terms of an integer quantum number, -1 for each strange quark and +1 for each strange antiquark. Hadrons that possess strangeness are called strange. The total strangeness of a quantum system is unchanged by decay processes involving the strong or electromagnetic forces; however, decay through the weak force can change the total strangeness of the system. See also baryon number, isospin.

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