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Meaning of between

be•tween

Pronunciation: (bi-twēn'), [key]
— prep.
  1. in the space separating (two points, objects, etc.): between New York and Chicago.
  2. intermediate to, in time, quantity, or degree: between twelve and one o'clock; between 50 and 60 apples; between pink and red.
  3. linking; connecting: air service between cities.
  4. in portions for each of (two people): splitting the profits between them.
  5. among: sharing the responsibilities between the five of us.
  6. by the dual or common action or participation of: Between us, we can finish the job in a couple of hours.
  7. distinguishing one from the other: He couldn't see the difference between good and bad.
  8. in comparing: no preference between the two wines.
  9. by the combined effect of.
  10. existing confidentially for: We'll keep this matter between the two of us.
  11. involving; concerning: war between nations; choice between things.
  12. being felt jointly or reciprocated by: the love between them.
  13. by joint possession of: Between them they own most of this company.
  14. in the midst of, so as to make a symmetrical composition: a cross argent between four bezants.
  15. confidentially; in trust.
—n.
  1. Usually,a short needle with a rounded eye and a sharp point, used for fine hand stitchery in heavy fabric.
—adv.
  1. in the intervening space or time; in an intermediate position or relation: two windows with a door between; visits that were far between.
  2. I reached for the ball, but the dog got in between.
    1. situated in an intermediary area or on a line or imaginary line connecting two points, things, etc.
    2. in the way:I reached for the ball, but the dog got in between.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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