Modern name Scilla. a rock in the Strait of Messina off the S coast of Italy.
Classical Mythology. a sea nymph who was transformed into a sea monster: later identified with the rock Scylla.
Compare Charybdis (def 2).
between Scylla and Charybdis, between two equally perilous alternatives, neither of which can be passed without encountering and probably falling victim to the other.
(Greek myth) a sea nymph transformed into a sea monster believed to drown sailors navigating the Strait of Messina. She was identified with a rock off the Italian coast Compare Charybdis
between Scylla and Charybdis, in a predicament in which avoidance of either of two dangers means exposure to the other
see: between a rock and a hard place (Scylla and Charybdis)
- Between the lines
see: read between the lines
- Between two fires
a state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off light, heat, and flame. a burning mass of material, as on a hearth or in a furnace. the destructive burning of a building, town, forest, etc.; conflagration. heat used for cooking, especially the lighted […]
- Between wind and water
air in natural motion, as that moving horizontally at any velocity along the earth’s surface: A gentle wind blew through the valley. High winds were forecast. a gale; storm; hurricane. any stream of air, as that produced by a bellows or fan. air that is blown or forced to produce a musical sound in singing […]
- Between you and me
in the space separating (two points, objects, etc.): between New York and Chicago. intermediate to, in time, quantity, or degree: between twelve and one o’clock; between 50 and 60 apples; between pink and red. linking; connecting: air service between cities. in portions for each of (two people): splitting the profits between them. among: sharing the […]