limen


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to limen: limen insulae

limen

 [li´men] (L.)
a threshold or boundary.
limen of insula (limen in´sulae) the point at which the cortex of the insula is continuous with the cortex of the frontal lobe.
limen na´si the ridge marking the boundary between the vestibule of the nose and the nasal cavity proper.

li·men

, pl.

li·mi·na

(lī'men, lim'i-nă), [TA]
1. Entrance; the external opening of a canal or space, such as limen insulae [TA].
2. Synonym(s): threshold
[L.]

limen

(lī′mən)
n. pl. limens or limina (lĭm′ə-nə)
The point at which a stimulus is strong enough to produce a physiological or psychological response.

li·men

, pl. limina (lī'men, lim'i-nă) [TA]
Entrance; the external opening of a canal or space, such as limen insulae.
Synonym(s): threshold (4) .
[L.]

threshold 

The value of a stimulus that just produces a response. Syn. limen.
absolute threshold The minimum luminance of a source that will produce a sensation of light. It varies with the state of dark adaptation, the retinal area stimulated, the wavelength of light, etc. Syn. light threshold. See photochromatic interval.
contrast threshold See differential threshold.
corneal touch threshold See corneal touch threshold.
differential threshold The smallest difference between two stimuli presented simultaneously that gives rise to a perceived difference in sensation. The difference may be related to brightness, but also to colour and specifically to either saturation (while hue is kept constant) or hue (while saturation is kept constant). The differential threshold of luminance is equal to about 1% in photopic vision. Syn. contrast threshold (if the difference is one of luminance); just noticeable difference (jnd). See Weber's law; contrast sensitivity.
light threshold See absolute threshold.
movement threshold 1. The minimum motion of an object that can be perceived. 2. The speed at which an object moving between two points just appears to be moving. See hyperacuity; phi movement.
resolution threshold See limit of resolution.
stereo-threshold See stereoscopic visual acuity.
References in periodicals archive ?
Moving on to another characteristic of the topos of the enchanted forest, the limen, one can see that Mirkwood most certainly has some Otherworldly characteristics, such as its perennial darkness, the Enchanted River that streams through it, and the monstrous spiders that skulk inside, all of which render an image of Mirkwood as an Otherworldly place of enchantment-certainly when contrasted to their almost homely stay before in Beorn's lodgings.
limen' and Dante crosses it, 'significa quel medesimo, cioe entrare nella cognitione del vitio, ma non ne fare habito' ('it means the same thing, that is, to enter into knowledge of vice, but not to take up residence there'; Dartmouth College, 2012).
En el limen, en este caso en los umbrales de la vida social, hay multiples espacios y relaciones que buscan ser demarcaciones diferenciadoras, pero que, por ubicarse precisamente en las margenes, terminan siendo zonas de encuentro entre lo uno (adentro) y lo otro (afuera).
(20) Este termo deriva da palavra 'limen', que significa limite; uma palavra especial utilizada na psicologia para indicar o limite entre o sentido e o subliminar, o limite abaixo do qual certa sensacao deixa de ser perceptivel.
In the second definition, the focus on the limen itself points to a necessary stasis, as well as the implied narrator's equally static position at, or on, one or other side of the threshold.
The contract has been awarded to Cintec's Canadian division - under the direction of Robert Lloyd-Rees, chief operating officer, by Tornonto-based the Limen Group based in Toronto.
With this challenge in mind, millennial literary scholarship might offer new theoretical approaches to place that foreground "spatial reapportionment" by shedding conceptions of provincial boundary and by approaching place, particularly abject or forgotten space, as limen. The liminal, a conception traditionally most relevant to anthropology and psychoanalysis, has the capacity to renew the relationship between culture and noxious literary environments.
Michael coined this word from "trans," meaning "across," and "limen," meaning "threshold," without realising that the same word had been used, with very similar intent, as far back as 1909.
In short, the Catauro occupies the limen between the open and closed dialectic approaches to archetypal Cuban identity or cubania.
A rite of passage, in a ritual context, is typically the place or time within which a participant crosses from one mode of being into another, typically via a symbolic limen or "threshold." Thus, one can think of a rite of passage as inviting the participant into the "frame" of the ritual--that is, the space and time in which the individual's transformation occurs.