in the space separating (two points, objects, etc.): between New York and Chicago.
intermediate to, in time, quantity, or degree: between twelve and one o'clock; between 50 and 60 apples;between pink and red.
linking; connecting: air service between cities.
in portions for each of (two people): splitting the profits between them.
among: sharing the responsibilities between the five of us.
by the dual or common action or participation of: Between us, we can finish the job in a couple of hours.
distinguishing one from the other: He couldn't see the difference between good and bad.
in comparing:no preference between the two wines.
by the combined effect of.
existing confidentially for: We'll keep this matter between the two of us.
involving; concerning: war between nations;choice between things.
being felt jointly or reciprocated by: the love between them.
by joint possession of: Between them they own most of this company.
Heraldry. in the midst of, so as to make a symmetrical composition: a cross argent between four bezants.
Usually betweens. a short needle with a rounded eye and a sharp point, used for fine hand stitchery in heavy fabric.
in the intervening space or time; in an intermediate position or relation: two windows with a door between;visits that were far between.
Idioms about between
between ourselves, confidentially; in trust.: Also between you and me, between you, me, and the post / lamppost / gatepost / etc.
situated in an intermediary area or on a line or imaginary line connecting two points, things, etc.
in the way: I reached for the ball, but the dog got in between.
The construction between each (or every ) is sometimes objected to on the grounds that between calls for a plural or compound object. However, the construction is old and fully standard when the sense indicates that more than one thing is meant: Spread softened butter between each layer of pastry. There were marigolds peeking between every row of vegetables. The construction between … to is a blend of between … and ( between 15 and 25 miles ) and from … to ( from 15 to 25 miles ). It occurs occasionally in informal speech but not in formal speech or writing.
- be·tween·ness, noun
- among, between (see confusables note at the current entry)
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How to use between in a sentence
between 25 and 30, you’re trying to decide how much longer before you start growing a beard and calling yourself ‘Daddy.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic | Samantha Allen | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He has wild swings between trying not to care about Lana and the baby, and being completely obsessed by it.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS | Marlow Stern | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The choice between freedom and fear is not difficult when seen with perspective.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too | John Avlon | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Each individual race involves an unusual collaboration between researchers, manufacturers, and public-health entities.
Are you bi-coastal now, between Portlandia and Late Night with Seth Meyers?Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness | Marlow Stern | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In sorting notes it is necessary to be able readily to distinguish between notes of this bank and notes of other reserve banks.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
The case was an assault and battery that came off between two men named Brown and Henderson.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
He thrust his tiny tuft of beard between his teeth—a trick he had when perplexed or thoughtful.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
To Harrison and his wife there was no distinction between the executive and judicial branches of the law.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
He noticed at the same time several burnt matches between his cushions and her chair.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for between
at a point or in a region intermediate to two other points in space, times, degrees, etc
in combination; together: between them, they saved enough money to buy a car
confined or restricted to: between you and me
indicating a reciprocal relation or comparison: an argument between a man and his wife
indicating two or more alternatives: a choice between going now and staying all night
between one specified thing and another: two houses with a garage between
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with between
In addition to the idioms beginning with between
- between a rock and a hard place
- between the lines
- between you and me
- betwixt and between
- come between
- draw a line between
- fall between the cracks
- few and far between
- hit between the eyes
- in between
- in between times
- read between the lines
- tail between one's legs
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