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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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  • In great surprise, Josephine was at once called, to explain the strange matter.

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

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • And pressmen and barristers alone seem to enjoy the faculty of assimilating huge masses of strange matter in short time.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • 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
  • That same month and year saw a strange matter of witchcraft at Warwick.

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

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • His dull old eyes roam from Fabian to Portia in an odd, questioning way, as if debating some strange matter.

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

    A Black Adonis Linn Boyd Porter
  • The blood had rushed to Philip's face, which was full of strange matter, but the darkness concealed it.

    The Manxman Hall Caine

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