from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The threshold of a physiological or psychological response.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a threshhold, especially the point where a psychological or physiological effect begins to occur.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In experimental psychology and psychophysics, the threshold; the dividing line between noticeableness and unnoticeableness of stimulus.
- n. In anatomy, the portion of brain-substance situated between the base and the island of Reil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the smallest detectable sensation
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.