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Drones ply the liminal space between the physical and the digital - pilots fly them, but aren't in them. They are versatile and fascinating objects - the things they can do range from the mundane (aerial photography) to the spectacular - killing people, for example.
John Battelle

Meaning of "liminal" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD LIMINAL

From Latin līmen threshold.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF LIMINAL

liminal  [ˈlɪmɪnəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LIMINAL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Liminal is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES LIMINAL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Liminality

In anthropology, liminality is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete. During a ritual's liminal stage, participants "stand at the threshold" between their previous way of structuring their identity, time, or community, and a new way, which the ritual establishes. The concept of liminality was first developed in the early 20th century by anthropologist Arnold van Gennep and later taken up by Victor Turner. More recently, usage of the term has broadened to describe political and cultural change as well as rituals. During liminal periods of all kinds, social hierarchies may be reversed or temporarily dissolved, continuity of tradition may become uncertain, and future outcomes once taken for granted may be thrown into doubt. The dissolution of order during liminality creates a fluid, malleable situation that enables new institutions and customs to become established.

Definition of liminal in the English dictionary

The definition of liminal in the dictionary is relating to the point beyond which a sensation becomes too faint to be experienced.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH LIMINAL


abdominal
æbˈdɒmɪnəl
binominal
baɪˈnɒmɪnəl
criminal
ˈkrɪmɪnəl
cybercriminal
saɪbərˈkrɪmɪnəl
germinal
ˈdʒɜːmɪnəl
luminal
ˈluːmɪnəl
nominal
ˈnɒmɪnəl
noncriminal
ˌnɒnˈkrɪmɪnəl
phenomenal
fɪˈnɒmɪnəl
pronominal
prəʊˈnɒmɪnəl
regiminal
rɪˈdʒɪmɪnəl
ruminal
ˈruːmɪnəl
seminal
ˈsɛmɪnəl
subliminal
sʌbˈlɪmɪnəl
supercriminal
ˈsuːpərˌkrɪmɪnəl
superluminal
ˌsuːpəˈluːmɪnəl
supraliminal
ˌsuːprəˈlɪmɪnəl
terminal
ˈtɜːmɪnəl
trigeminal
traɪˈdʒɛmɪnəl
Viminal
ˈvɪmɪnəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LIMINAL

limicoline
limicolous
limier
limiest
limina
liminess
limit
limit man
limit point
limit-state design
limitable
limitableness
limitarian
limitary
limitation
limitations
limitative
limited
limited bus
limited company

WORDS THAT END LIKE LIMINAL

adnominal
air terminal
career criminal
computer terminal
container terminal
dumb terminal
ferry terminal
final
freight terminal
geminal
intelligent terminal
multiterminal
nonterminal
oil terminal
petty criminal
point-of-sale terminal
prenominal
staminal
subterminal
visual display terminal
war criminal

Synonyms and antonyms of liminal in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «liminal» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LIMINAL

Find out the translation of liminal to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of liminal from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «liminal» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

阈限
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

liminal
570 millions of speakers

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liminal
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

liminal
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

حدي
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

лиминальная
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

liminar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

liminal
260 millions of speakers

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liminal
220 millions of speakers

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Liminal
190 millions of speakers

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liminal
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

liminal
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

경계 적
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Liminal
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

ngưỡng kích thích dưới
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

liminal
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

क्षुल्लक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

eşik
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

liminale
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

liminalnosci
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

лімінальним
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

liminal
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

liminal
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

liminale
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

Liminal
10 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Norwegian

liminalt
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of liminal

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LIMINAL»

The term «liminal» is regularly used and occupies the 95.466 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about liminal

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2 QUOTES WITH «LIMINAL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word liminal.
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John Battelle
Drones ply the liminal space between the physical and the digital - pilots fly them, but aren't in them. They are versatile and fascinating objects - the things they can do range from the mundane (aerial photography) to the spectacular - killing people, for example.
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Brian Ferneyhough
Questioning the nature and implications of liminal instances necessarily involves failure, if only in the specifically technical sense of entering spaces where prevailing criteria of success scarcely apply.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LIMINAL»

Discover the use of liminal in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to liminal and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Liminal States
"It is 1874 and Gideon Long is dying.
Zack Parsons, 2012
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Andrew Marvell's Liminal Lyrics: The Space Between
The work is an interdisciplinary study of the major lyric poems of 17th-century British metaphysical poet Andrew Marvell.
Joan Faust, 2012
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Liminal Landscapes: Travel, Experience and Spaces In-between
The book draws on a wide range of disciplinary approaches, including social anthropology, cultural geography, film, media and cultural studies, art and visual culture, and tourism studies.
Hazel Andrews, Les Roberts, 2012
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Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human at the Frontiers of ...
DIVA study of the mutually constituitive relations between Western biomedicine and Ango- American literature in the 20th and early 21st centuries, tracing the interwoven processes by which both fields have transformed the course of human ...
Susan Merrill Squier, 2004
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Liminal Acts: A Critical Overview of Contemporary ...
This revolutionary work first surveys traditional aesthetics in the writings of Kant, Nietzsche and Heidegger and juxtaposes them with contemporary aesthetics in the writings of Foucault, Derrida, Baudrillard and Lyotard.
Susan Broadhurst, 1999
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Hekate Liminal Rites: A Historical Study of the Magic, ...
In this book the authors draw from a wide range of sources, bringing together historical research which provides insights into the magical and religious practices associated with this remarkable Goddess.
Sorita d'Este, David Rankine, 2009
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From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology
Drawing on decades of teaching and reflection, Princeton theologian Sang Lee probes what it means for Asian Americans to live as the followers of Christ in the "liminal space" between Asia and America and at the periphery of American ...
Sang Hyun Lee, 2010
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The Liminal People: A Novel
Taggert can hurt or heal with a thought but he has to live with the consequences of his choice.
Ayize Jama-Everett, 2013
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Beyond the Threshold: Explorations of Liminality in Literature
These books tell the compelling stories of marginal characters, giving their stories moral authority while exploring their transformative possibilities.
Hein Viljoen, C. N. Van der Merwe, 2007
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Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces
Interdiscipinary approaches to the material culture of the middle ages, from illuminated manuscripts to church architecture.
Elina Gertsman, Jill Stevenson, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LIMINAL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term liminal is used in the context of the following news items.
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Cosplay and Wrestling at Armageddon Wellington - Photos | Scoop …
The gathered nerds were in good spirits with the Westpac stadium turning into a liminal space of fantasy, sci-fi and anime. At every turn there ... «Scoop.co.nz, Jul 15»
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Seating to make you healthy, wealthy and wise
... leading to its inclusion in the Year of Irish Design 2015's presence in Milan in April, and as part of the Liminal exhibition at Wanted Design in ... «Irish Examiner, Jul 15»
3
Art World Defends Bank Robber 'Performer'
... act that Mr. Gibbons claims was part performance, part financial necessity—in the context of his career of similar, liminal “performances.”. «New York Observer, Jul 15»
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The 2016 Contest Begins to Take Shape
His subliminal message — actually, it's liminal — has two parts: I wasn't born into it, I'm normal like you — but I've achieved a great deal, ... «Patriot Post, Jul 15»
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Sacvan Berocovitch
... very exposure of social flaws part of a ritual of socialization—a sort of liminal interior dialogue that in effect reinforces the mainstream culture. «Harvard Gazette, Jul 15»
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Mark Making Presents Flandrew Fleisenberg, Amanda Cagle, Evan …
Evan Lipson has operated as a musician since adolescence—intuitively seeking the liminal zones in which intellect and instinct, history and ... «The Chattanoogan, Jul 15»
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11 Awful Ways To Break Up with a Girlfriend That No Decent Person …
Even if the folks in question are perfectly nice, it puts you awkwardly back in that liminal area between adolescence and adulthood. It's arguably ... «SheWired, Jul 15»
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Soap Factory hosts immersive contemporary art from Beijing
Xianglong captures a fascinating liminal space between presentation and pedestrian behavior in her work. There's also a quirky sensibility and ... «City Pages, Jul 15»
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The Atticus Complex: Harper Lee Sets Her Flawed 'Watchman'
This makes it a liminal thing, almost but not quite a paradox. Passages, memories, facts, and characters from To Kill a Mockingbird exist here in ... «Flavorwire, Jul 15»
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Don't cry for Shane Watson, one of Australian cricket's great anti …
This is the credo of the outsider, and that sense of Watto as a liminal presence, despite his physical immensity, has carried over into his place ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Liminal [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/liminal>. Nov 2019 ».
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