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Thursday, December 16, 2010

liminal

\LIM-uh-nl\ , adjective;
1.
Relating to the point beyond which a sensation becomes too faint to be experienced.
Quotes:
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:
Liminal derives from the Latin limen, "threshold."
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