Monday, April 5, 2010

(wordsmith.org) limen :A threshold of response: point at which a stimulus is of sufficient intensity to generate a response.

limen 

PRONUNCIATION: (LY-muhn) 
MEANING: noun:     A threshold of response: point at which a stimulus is of sufficient intensity to generate a response.  

ETYMOLOGY:  From Latin limen (threshold).

  
USAGE:   "Such to the dead might appear the world of living -- charged with    information, with meaning, yet somehow always just, terribly, beyond    that fateful limen where any lamp of comprehension might beam forth."
    Thomas Pynchon; Against  the Day; Penguin Press; 2006.

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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in  gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five. -Carl Sagan,  astronomer and writer (1934-1996)

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