liminal space

[ lim-uh-nl speys ]

  1. a state or place characterized by being transitional or intermediate in some way:Motels are such liminal spaces—everyone there is either coming or going.In the film, Venice is a liminal space where the real and imaginary meet.

  2. Informal. any location that is unsettling, uncanny, or dreamlike:The classroom when school is out for the summer is a liminal space.

Origin of liminal space

First recorded in 1970–75

Words Nearby liminal space Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024