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1. One who is strange, foreign, or unknown. Specifically:

One who comes from a foreign land; a foreigner. I am a most poor woman and a stranger, born out of your dominions. (Shak)

One whose home is at a distance from the place where he is, but in the same country.

One who is unknown or unacquainted; as, the gentleman is a stranger to me; hence, one not admitted to communication, fellowship, or acquaintance. Melons on beds of ice are taught to bear, And strangers to the sun yet ripen here. (Granville) My child is yet a stranger in the world. (Shak) I was no stranger to the original. (Dryden)

2. One not belonging to the family or household; a guest; a visitor. To honor and receive Our heavenly stranger. (milton)

3. One not privy or party an act, contract, or title; a mere intruder or intermeddler; one who interferes without right; as, actual possession of land gives a good title against a stranger having no title; as to strangers, a mortgage is considered merely as a pledge; a mere stranger to the levy.

Origin: OF. Estrangier, F. Etranger. See Strange.

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Re: Evolution of fireflies

It could have come about by the stranger effect. This is seen in fruitflies and basically is the odd fly (due to a mutation) is the most attractive to the other sex. Any behavior that increased fitness would be selected for, regardless of ...

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Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolution of fireflies
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Remembering some people's faces/voices better than others

... rude!) She [the woman I can never recall] is probably the most important person to me, and I have seen her almost every day for almost a year. Stranger yet, is that when I dream about her, I can reconstruct her presence just fine. She looks and sounds just as she is in real life. Does anyone ...

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by animus
Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Remembering some people's faces/voices better than others
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The Evolution of Altruism

... to be able to form social bonds. This all though has it's limits and this is easily seen in society. Most people are willing to help the perfect stranger, even if we don't have a social bond with that stranger. We only need to be able to relate with them on an emotionally level. (also a by product ...

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by Semisane
Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: The Evolution of Altruism
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Re: Electrons... To be or not to be...

The physicists offer a stranger story about the vacuum, where quantum fluctuations cause spontaneous appearance of virtual particles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_particles In particular, scroll down to the section "Manifestations" ...

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by jonmoulton
Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Electrons... To be or not to be...
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Re: Bible vs Darwin

... mentioning LemaƮtre and the other notable faithful, because it highlights their extreme rarity. When I have time I will do some digging into the stranger Catholic beliefs, and into the ways Catholic doctrine has conveniently changed gods perfect word to match scientific discoveries. Then we can ...

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by gfrabizi
Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:01 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Bible vs Darwin
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