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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Definitions for liminal

  1. Relating to the point beyond which a sensation becomes too faint to be experienced.

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Citations for liminal
Yes, it was luminal, here where he stood; at the very juncture between all those heaps of culture - he poked at the air behind him with his elbow - and all this thoughtless sea. Jane Alison, The Marriage of the Sea
It was only as I emerged from that woozy, luminal, state that I remembered Miranda coming into the room in her white robe to tell me the story of her uncle Richard's murder and to find some consolation in my arms. Siri Hustvedt, The sorrows of an American: a novel
Origin of liminal
Liminal derives from the Latin limen, "threshold."