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Meaning of BETWEEN

Pronunciation:  bi'tween

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  in between; "two houses with a tree between"
  2. [adv]  in the interval; "dancing all the dances with little rest between"

BETWEEN is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: betwixt, 'tween



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Be*tween"\, prep. [OE. bytwene, bitweonen, AS.
    betwe['o]nan, betwe['o]num; prefix be- by + a form fr. AS.
    tw[=a] two, akin to Goth. tweihnai two apiece. See {Twain},
    and cf. {Atween}, {Betwixt}.]
    1. In the space which separates; betwixt; as, New York is
       between Boston and Philadelphia.
    2. Used in expressing motion from one body or place to
       another; from one to another of two.
             If things should go so between them.  --Bacon.
    3. Belonging in common to two; shared by both.
             Castor and Pollux with only one soul between them.
    4. Belonging to, or participated in by, two, and involving
       reciprocal action or affecting their mutual relation; as,
       opposition between science and religion.
             An intestine struggle, open or secret, between
             authority and liberty.                --Hume.
    5. With relation to two, as involved in an act or attribute
       of which another is the agent or subject; as, to judge
       between or to choose between courses; to distinguish
       between you and me; to mediate between nations.
    6. In intermediate relation to, in respect to time, quantity,
       or degree; as, between nine and ten o'clock.
    {Between decks}, the space, or in the space, between the
       decks of a vessel.
    {Between ourselves}, {Between you and me}, {Between
    themselves}, in confidence; with the understanding that the
       matter is not to be communicated to others.
    Syn: {Between}, {Among}.
    Usage: Between etymologically indicates only two; as, a
           quarrel between two men or two nations; to be between
           two fires, etc. It is however extended to more than
           two in expressing a certain relation.
                 I . . . hope that between public business,
                 improving studies, and domestic pleasures,
                 neither melancholy nor caprice will find any
                 place for entrance.               --Johnson.
           Among implies a mass or collection of things or
           persons, and always supposes more than two; as, the
           prize money was equally divided among the ship's crew.
  2. \Be*tween"\, n.
    Intermediate time or space; interval. [Poetic & R.] --Shak.