be·​tween·​ness | \ bi-ˈtwēn-nəs How to pronounce betweenness (audio) , bē- \

Definition of betweenness

: the quality or state of being between two others in an ordered mathematical set

Examples of betweenness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But if an inability to categorize causes discomfort in some, this sort of in-betweenness is just what some are looking for, especially at a time when gender and taste both feel, rightfully and crucially, so fluid. New York Times, 17 May 2022 The year’s top New Yorker stories seem to reflect our moment of in-betweenness. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 17 Dec. 2021 How important is that sense of in-betweenness for the story? Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 Such themes and their associated aesthetics—gray-day vibes, harmonic in-betweenness, psycho-thriller strings—can create a powerful sense of intrigue. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 11 May 2021 Nothing argues more for '80s in-betweenness than its soundtrack. Matt Damsker, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 That sense of in-betweenness was an important theme of this series of portraits, which were photographed on the rooftop of my apartment building and inside my living room. Vogue, 1 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of betweenness

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of betweenness was in 1881

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28 May 2022

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“Betweenness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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