Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The point at which a stimulus is strong enough to produce a physiological or psychological response.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In experimental psychology and psychophysics, the threshold; the dividing line between noticeableness and unnoticeableness of stimulus.
  • noun In anatomy, the portion of brain-substance situated between the base and the island of Reil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Psychol.) a threshhold, especially the point where a psychological or physiological effect begins to occur.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the smallest detectable sensation

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin līmen, threshold.]

Examples

  • Although I'm very grateful for your teaching me the word limen anyway.

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  • 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.

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  • The copyeditor, or Crowley himself, whoever it was that failed to get "limen" into the final print run, can be punished later.

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  • 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

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • 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

    Liminal

  • Technology is "the liminal appearance of the event of appropriation," P. 32 the limen of a possible era determined solely by surface fluctuations.

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  • So I stay between, sheltered by the limen, a step inside a step outside.

    Politics in a Liminal State | Living the Liminal

  • The word ‘Subliminal’ is derived from the latin words sub = below and limen = threshold.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - Food Network doing subliminal advertising

  • Technology is "the liminal appearance of the event of appropriation," P. 32 the limen of a possible era determined solely by surface fluctuations.

    enowning

  • Subliminal comes, of course, from the Latin sub (below) and limen (lintel).

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