Special vs Strange - What's the difference?

special | strange |


As an adjective special

is special.

As a proper noun strange is

.

special

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Distinguished by a unique or unusual quality.
  • a special episode of a television series
  • Of particular interest or value; certain; dear; beloved; favored.
  • Everyone is special to someone.
  • (euphemistic, derogatory) Retarded; mentally handicapped
  • He goes to a special school.
  • Constituting or relating to a species.
  • The seven dark spots is a special property unique to ''Coccinella septempunctata''.
  • Chief in excellence.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The king hath drawn / The special head of all the land together.

    Derived terms

    * special attack * special constable * special defense * special delivery * special education / special ed * special forces * specialisation / specialization * specialise / specialize * specialist * speciality, specialty * specially * specialness * Special Olympics * special ops

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A reduction in consumer cost (usually for a limited time) for items or services rendered.
  • We're running a special on turkey for Thanksgiving.
  • (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.
  • Thousands came to see the special that carried the President's coffin.
  • (video games) special move
  • * 1995 , "Tony Pordon", Tekken Review [PSX]'' (on newsgroup ''rec.games.video.misc )
  • Using the right moves, you can sometimes chain 2 specials in a row to form multiple hit combos.

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    strange

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary.
  • He thought it strange that his girlfriend wore shorts in the winter.
  • * Milton
  • Sated at length, erelong I might perceive / Strange alteration in me.
  • Unfamiliar, not yet part of one's experience.
  • I moved to a strange town when I was ten.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Here is the hand and seal of the duke; you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you.
  • * 1955 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, pages 48–49:
  • She's probably sitting there hoping a couple of strange detectives will drop in.
  • (physics) Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness.
  • * 2004 Frank Close, Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction , Oxford, page 93:
  • A strange quark is electrically charged, carrying an amount -1/3, as does the down quark.
  • (obsolete) Belonging to another country; foreign.
  • * Shakespeare
  • one of the strange queen's lords
  • * Ascham
  • I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues.
  • (obsolete) Reserved; distant in deportment.
  • * Shakespeare
  • She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon learn to love thee.
    (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
  • (obsolete) Backward; slow.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Who, loving the effect, would not be strange / In favouring the cause.
  • (obsolete) Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
  • * Shakespeare
  • In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange .

    Synonyms

    * (not normal) bizarre, fremd, odd, out of the ordinary, peculiar, queer, singular, unwonted, weird * (qualifier, not part of one's experience): new, unfamiliar, unknown * See also

    Antonyms

    * (not normal) everyday, normal, regular (especially US), standard, usual, unsurprising * (qualifier, not part of one's experience): familiar, known

    Derived terms

    * for some strange reason * like a cat in a strange garret * strange as it may seem * strange bird * strangelet * strange matter * strange quark * strangely * strangeness * strangeonium * stranger things happen at sea, stranger things have happened at sea * strange to say * truth is stranger than fiction

    Verb

    (strang)
  • (obsolete) To alienate; to estrange.
  • (obsolete) To be estranged or alienated.
  • (obsolete) To wonder; to be astonished.
  • (Glanvill)

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    Noun

    (no plural)
  • (slang, uncountable) vagina
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