Distinguished by a unique or unusual quality.
Of particular interest or value; certain; dear; beloved; favored.
- a special episode of a television series
(euphemistic, derogatory) Retarded; mentally handicapped
- Everyone is special to someone.
Constituting or relating to a species.
- He goes to a special school.
Chief in excellence.
- The seven dark spots is a special property unique to ''Coccinella septempunctata''.
- The king hath drawn / The special head of all the land together.
* special attack
* special constable
* special defense
* special delivery
* special education / special ed
* special forces
* specialisation / specialization
* specialise / specialize
* speciality, specialty
* Special Olympics
* special ops
A reduction in consumer cost (usually for a limited time) for items or services rendered.
(broadcasting) Unusual or exceptional episode of a series
(British, colloquial) A special constable.
Anything that is not according to normal practice, plan, or schedule, as an unscheduled run of transportation that is normally scheduled.
- We're running a special on turkey for Thanksgiving.
(video games) special move
* 1995 , "Tony Pordon", Tekken Review [PSX]'' (on newsgroup ''rec.games.video.misc )
- Thousands came to see the special that carried the President's coffin.
- Using the right moves, you can sometimes chain 2 specials in a row to form multiple hit combos.
Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary.
- He thought it strange that his girlfriend wore shorts in the winter.
Unfamiliar, not yet part of one's experience.
- Sated at length, erelong I might perceive / Strange alteration in me.
- I moved to a strange town when I was ten.
* 1955 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, pages 48–49:
- Here is the hand and seal of the duke; you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you.
(physics) Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness.
* 2004 Frank Close, Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction , Oxford, page 93:
- She's probably sitting there hoping a couple of strange detectives will drop in.
(obsolete) Belonging to another country; foreign.
- A strange quark is electrically charged, carrying an amount -1/3, as does the down quark.
- one of the strange queen's lords
(obsolete) Reserved; distant in deportment.
- I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues.
- She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon learn to love thee.
(obsolete) Backward; slow.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
(obsolete) Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
- Who, loving the effect, would not be strange / In favouring the cause.
- In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange .
* (not normal
) bizarre, fremd, odd, out of the ordinary, peculiar, queer, singular, unwonted, weird
, not part of one's experience
): new, unfamiliar, unknown
* See also
* for some strange reason
* like a cat in a strange garret
* strange as it may seem
* strange bird
* strange matter
* strange quark
* stranger things happen at sea, stranger things have happened at sea
* strange to say
* truth is stranger than fiction
(obsolete) To alienate; to estrange.
(obsolete) To be estranged or alienated.
(obsolete) To wonder; to be astonished.
(slang, uncountable) vagina