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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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Examples from the web for strangeness
  • At their best, science fiction and theology can leave us awestruck before the unutterable strangeness and vastness of the cosmos.
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  • The strangeness of quantum reality is far from the only argument against the old model of reality.
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  • And then there was the strangeness of what could be read.
  • Above all else, modern fantasy is the literature of strangeness.
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  • Instead the tableau had a theatrical strangeness and a new kind of perplexing social resonance.
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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