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strange matter

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strange matter  
A hypothetical, extremely dense form of matter composed entirely of strange quarks. These quarks are not grouped into separate particles (like the quarks bundled into protons and neutrons in atomic nuclei) but form a single undifferentiated mass. The material of which hypothetical quark stars are composed is thought to be strange matter; some evidence for strange matter has also been found in collisions in particle accelerators and in seismic events possibly triggered by the passing of strange matter through the Earth.
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  • A strange matter to discuss with a lout, but he was so wonderful a listener!

    The Daffodil Mystery

    Edgar Wallace
  • He was in for it now and might as well follow this strange matter to the end.

    A Black Adonis

    Linn Boyd Porter
  • Alas, my Friends, credulous incredulity is a strange matter.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • The Siamese describe the soul as consisting of some strange matter, invisible and untouchable.

    The Ghost World

    T. F. Thiselton (Thomas Firminger Thiselton) Dyer
  • That same month and year saw a strange matter of witchcraft at Warwick.

    Witch Stories

    E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
  • Her look, which was fastened upon the Chief, expressed a mind that listened to strange matter concerning her very little.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • Then, again, there was that strange matter in connection with Minnie Cuthbert.

  • Eustacia regarded them long, as if they were the page of a book in which she read a new and a strange matter.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • In choosing another's words, I seemed to indorse or repudiate the strange matter with which they were to be associated.

  • Then you want me not to let some previous conviction injure the receptivity of my mind with regard to some strange matter.

    Dracula Bram Stoker

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