American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The threshold of a physiological or psychological response.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In experimental psychology and psychophysics, the threshold; the dividing line between noticeableness and unnoticeableness of stimulus. The limen is defined in physical or physiological terms as that amount of stimulus or degree of excitation (or as that stimulus difference or difference of excitation) which, after complete elimination of all errors, remains just noticeable to an accurate observer; or again as that amount of stimulus (or stimulus difference) which, after elimination of constant errors, remains just noticeable to the observer in one-half of a long series of observations. The term may be applied to any one of the four possible aspects of stimulus and excitation (intensity, quality, duration, extension), and to any stimulus that serves as the condition of mental state or process; so that we may speak of the intensive limen, the temporal limen, the affective limen, the limen of attention, etc. It is clear that the correlate of the limen, upon the mental side, is not a part of real experience, not a state or process that can be ideated and remembered and voluntarily reproduced: liminal values are always ideal values.
- n. In anatomy, the portion of brain-substance situated between the base and the island of Reil.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Psychol.) a threshhold, especially the point where a psychological or physiological effect begins to occur.
- n. the smallest detectable sensation
- Latin līmen, threshold. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Although I'm very grateful for your teaching me the word limen anyway.”
“The copyeditor, or Crowley himself, whoever it was that failed to get "limen" into the final print run, can be punished later.”
“Just a thought: The word 'limen' is often associated these days with margins 'liminality' is frequently defined as a state of existence 'in the margins', and medieval manuscripts were illuminated, or limned, in the margins of the page.”
“This term is derived from 'limen' and 'post,' which explains why we say that the person who has been captured by the enemy and has come back into our territories has returned by postliminium: for just as the threshold forms the boundary of a house, so the ancients represented the boundaries of the empire as”
“Grateful for the opportunity to swing past, hold the door for them, go up to my office and do the work I can to make their profs 'jobs easier. lim-i-nal \ˈli-mə-nəl\ (adj) Latin limin -, limen threshold 1: of or relating to a sensory threshold 2: barely perceptible 3: of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition”
“The word ‘Subliminal’ is derived from the latin words sub = below and limen = threshold.”
“Technology is "the liminal appearance of the event of appropriation," P. 32 the limen of a possible era determined solely by surface fluctuations.”
“So I stay between, sheltered by the limen, a step inside a step outside.”
“Subliminal comes, of course, from the Latin sub (below) and limen (lintel).”
“January 21, 2008 at 10:40 am ai duznt noe- mebbe chrumchee disnee kerakters? flavered cherrreee, limen, green, an graype.”
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transformational, entryway words: thresh(hold), fresh relief
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