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golden mean

the perfect moderate course or position that avoids extremes; the happy medium.
Origin of golden mean
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for golden mean
  • Who loves the golden mean is safe from the poverty of a tenement, is free from the envy of a palace.
  • In theory, it can set up a sort of beauty contest, forcing the parties towards a golden mean in the centre of politics.
  • If you look even more carefully at this value you find it is the inverse of the golden mean to the power of three.
  • What unifies them is the golden mean that he himself once exemplified.
  • Loam is the golden mean between the two above, and has a texture that is neither too fine nor too coarse.
  • The world would be a far less interesting place if all the eccentric kids were medicated toward some golden mean.
  • Philosophers define the golden mean as the desirable middle ground between excess and deficiency.
  • golden mean and golden rectangle are applied to room design and balance.
  • Direct students to find the ratios for the proportions of the golden mean, based on the dimensions of the building.
British Dictionary definitions for golden mean

golden mean

the middle course between extremes
another term for golden section

golden section

the proportion of the two divisions of a straight line or the two dimensions of a plane figure such that the smaller is to the larger as the larger is to the sum of the two. If the sides of a rectangle are in this proportion and a square is constructed internally on the shorter side, the rectangle that remains will also have sides in the same proportion Compare golden ratio
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golden mean in Culture

golden mean definition

The desirable middle ground between any two extremes, according to the philosophy of Aristotle.

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