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While the central metaphor of trees standing in for people is a bit on the nose, Kristen Martino's set and Daniel Friedman's lighting design evoke a liminal space where the future and past as well as the living and the dead can mingle freely.
The hurry-up-and-wait nature of the search left the climbers’ friends and family in an odd, liminal space.
Put plainly, Simpson’s collages do for black women’s (and men’s) hair what Brooks’s poetry does for the liminal space in which a black girl becomes a black woman.
In 1956, a young woman in a white pillbox hat would not have talked about liminal boundaries.
Or is the Cradle some liminal space where time is a flat circle — oh wait, wrong show.
To many people, the borderlands—the liminal space between the United States and Mexico, where Donald Trump wants to build a wall—seem like a playground, complete with seismic sensors, clients, and guides.
Like Conroy, Wolf and other comedians who have performed at the dinner exist in a liminal space.
The group has released eight albums over the past 15 years, becoming something of an idiosyncratic institution in the liminal territory between jazz and contemporary classical.
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Get In Between liminal
The noun limen refers to the point at which a physiological or psychological effect begins to be produced, and liminal is the adjective used to describe things associated with that point, or threshold, as it is also called. Likewise, the closely related word subliminal means "below a threshold"; it can describe something inadequate to produce a sensation or something operating below a threshold of consciousness. Because the sensory threshold is a transitional point where sensations are just beginning to be perceptible, liminal acquired two extended meanings. It can mean "barely perceptible" and is now often used to mean "transitional" or "intermediate," as in "the liminal zone between sleep and wakefulness."
medical Definition of liminal
- liminal visual stimuli
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