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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Strange a. [Compar. Stranger superl. Strangest ]
 1. Belonging to another country; foreign. “To seek strange strands.”
    One of the strange queen's lords.   --Shak.
    I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues.   --Ascham.
 2. Of or pertaining to others; not one's own; not pertaining to one's self; not domestic.
 So she, impatient her own faults to see,
 Turns from herself, and in strange things delights.   --Sir J. Davies.
 3. Not before known, heard, or seen; new.
    Here is the hand and seal of the duke; you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you.   --Shak.
 4. Not according to the common way; novel; odd; unusual; irregular; extraordinary; unnatural; queer. “He is sick of a strange fever.”
 Sated at length, erelong I might perceive
 Strange alteration in me.   --Milton.
 5. Reserved; distant in deportment.
    She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon learn to love thee.   --Hawthorne.
 6. Backward; slow. [Obs.]
 Who, loving the effect, would not be strange
 In favoring the cause.   --Beau. & Fl.
 7. Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
    In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange.   --Shak.
 Note:Strange is often used as an exclamation.
 Strange! what extremes should thus preserve the snow
 High on the Alps, or in deep caves below.   --Waller.
 Strange sail Naut., an unknown vessel.
 Strange woman Script., a harlot. --Prov. v. 3.
 To make it strange. (a) To assume ignorance, suspicion, or alarm, concerning it. --Shak. (b) To make it a matter of difficulty. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
 To make strange, To make one's self strange. (a) To profess ignorance or astonishment. (b) To assume the character of a stranger. --Gen. xlii. 7.
 Syn: -- Foreign; new; outlandish; wonderful; astonishing; marvelous; unusual; odd; uncommon; irregular; queer; eccentric.