- The definition of between is the space between two points in position or time.
An example of between is the space located in the middle of two people standing next to each other.
There is a space between these two cows.
between definition by Webster's New World
- in or through the space that separates (two things): between the house and the garage
- in or of the time, amount, or degree that separates (two things); intermediate to: between blue and green
- that connects or relates to: a bond between friends, the difference between right and wrong
- along a course that connects: the road runs between here and there
- by the joint action of: between them they landed the fish
- because of the combined effect of: between work and studies she has no time left
- in or into the combined possession of: they had fifty dollars between them
- with equal parts shared by each of: they divided it between them
- to the exclusion of all but both of: let's keep this matter between us
- from one or the other of: choose between love and duty
Origin: Middle English bitwene ; from Old English betweonum ; from be, by plush tweonum (dat. of an unverified form tweon); akin to Gothic tweihnai, by twos, in pairs: for Indo-European base see two
- in an intermediate space, position, or function
- in an intermediate time; in the interval
between definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. In or through the position or interval separating: between the trees; between 11 o'clock and 12 o'clock.b. Intermediate to, as in quantity, amount, or degree: It costs between 15 and 20 dollars.
- Usage Problem Connecting spatially: a railroad between the two cities.
- Usage Problem Associating or uniting in a reciprocal action or relationship: an agreement between workers and management; a certain resemblance between the two stories.
- In confidence restricted to: Between you and me, he is not qualified.
- a. By the combined effort or effect of: Between them they succeeded.b. In the combined ownership of: They had only a few dollars between them.
- As measured against. Often used to express a reciprocal relationship: choose between riding and walking.
Origin: Middle English bitwene, from Old English betwēonum; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
- betweenˈness noun
between - Phrases/Idioms
- in an intermediate position
- in the midst of
in between times