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limen

limen \limen\ n. (Psychol.) a threshhold, especially the point where a psychological or physiological effect begins to occur.

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limen
  1. n. the smallest detectable sensation [syn: threshold]

  2. [also: limina (pl)]

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Limen

In physiology, psychology, or psychophysics, a limen or a liminal point is a threshold of a physiological or psychological response. It is the boundary of perception. On one side of a limen (or threshold) a stimulus is perceivable, on the other side it is not.

Liminal, as an adjective, means situated at a sensory threshold, hence barely perceptible. Subliminal means below perception. The absolute threshold is the lowest amount of sensation detectable by a sense organ.

Limen (disambiguation)

Limen is a word of equivocal semantics written in the Latin alphabet, and used in many different modern languages, including English. It generally, but not necessarily, represents the Latin word limen, plural limina, “threshold,” or is a transliteration into the Latin alphabet of the ancient Greek word, λιμήν, “harbor, refuge, creek.” Some specific uses are:

Usage examples of "limen".

Hel sat neckdeep in the Japanese wooden tub filled with water so hot that lowering himself into it had been an experience on the limen between pain and pleasure.

Then, just before madness, the crests broke and swirled over his limen of consciousness, and he escaped into oblivion.

It was piercingly sweet to reach the limen of love, to pursue their brief unity with olamic fervor, since both knew, and could not bring themselves to admit, that this was the last time they would join their bodies in order to share their souls.

He read British books, lived on British bounty, wrote in British freedom, collaborated with En limen, and lies in London grave.

Those ships needing refueling had it done as soon as they exited the Canal at the Gatun Locks, then formed an antisubmarine barrier outside Limen Bay.

Ecclesiam furibundus introiit, inde custode remoto papam per gulam accepit, distraxit pugnis calcibusque percussit, et tanquam brutum animal intra limen ecclesiae acriter calcaribus cruentavit.

  Ecclesiam furibundus introiit, inde custode remoto papam per gulam accepit, distraxit pugnis calcibusque percussit, et tanquam brutum animal intra limen ecclesiae acriter calcaribus cruentavit.

Testis omnium gentium, praeterquam Romanorum, absentia mulierum, quae sanctorum apostolorum limina orandi gratia timent visere, cum nonnullas ante dies paucos, hunc audierint conjugatas, viduas, virgines vi oppressisse, (Liutprand, Hist. l.

Testis omnium gentium, praeterquam Romanorum, absentia mulierum, quae sanctorum apostolorum limina orandi gratia timent visere, cum nonnullas ante dies paucos, hunc audierint conjugatas, viduas, virgines vi oppressisse, (Liutprand, Hist.